NYPD Chief Confirms Drop In Arrests, But Cops Still Handling Violent Crime

Sandy Malone

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan conceded there has been a slowdown since Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired.

New York, NY – A top New York Police Department (NYPD) official confirmed that police have been making fewer arrests in the city in the wake of NYPD Officer Daniel’s Pantaleo’s termination in connection with the death of Eric Garner.

The New York Post reported on Monday that officers made 1,319 fewer arrests and issued 474 fewer summonses in the week after Officer Pantaleo was fired than they did during the same week in 2018.

Law enforcement sources said the slowdown was a result of the “Pantaleo Effect.”

Tensions have been high between the department’s administration and the rank-and-file in the wake of NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill’s decision to terminate Officer Pantaleo for his role in the arrest of Garner five years ago.

In response, the police union put out a list of guidelines for officers to follow in order to keep them out of trouble.

Union leadership said it had become obvious the officers did not have support from Commissioner O’Neill and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Be advised that neither your Police Academy training nor the current Patrol Guide procedures reflect the precedent established by this decision,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch wrote in the memo, a copy of which has been obtained by Blue Lives Matter.

Lynch warned that Commissioner O’Neill’s termination of Officer Pantaleo set a dangerous precedent and “fundamentally changed the nature of our job” when he allowed politics to determine Officer Pantaleo’s fate without regard for the fact.

The memo encouraged officers to “uphold our oath” and continue doing their jobs but reminded them “we must remain united to protect each other from the toxic political environment in which we are forced to work.”

In order to be in exact compliance with the patrol guide, officers will have to do a lot of things in a specified way that, in the past, was unofficially left to officers’ discretion.

For example, officers are supposed to get permission from a supervisor to make an arrest and call in the SWAT team any time a suspect resists arrest, according to NYPD official policy.

NYPD sources predicted that following the rules closely would cause a slowdown in officers’ response times to emergency calls because going by the book would make everything take twice as long to do.

In response, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan urged officers to ignore the union’s guidance and continue doing their jobs as usual.

“This is not the time that we back down, that we walk away from doing our job. Doing what we do in this city to keep people safe,” Chief Monahan said.

After the New York Post reported arrests had dropped by 27 percent and criminal summonses had dropped by 29 percent compared to the same week in 2018, the chief was forced to admit there was a slowdown happening, the New York Post reported.

“We’ve seen a decrease in the number of arrests, mainly misdemeanor arrests, arrests police officers have discretion [over],” Chief Monahan acknowledged.

A high-ranking source told the New York Post that stops of unlicensed drivers and turnstile-jumpers saw two of the “biggest decreases” between Aug. 19, the day Officer Pantaleo was fired, and Aug. 25, as compared to the same period last year.

Chief Monahan said that numbers of arrests for serious crimes have held steady despite the slowdown.

“[Officers] are not going to make the city any less safe,” the chief said. “They are upset. I know they are upset, but they are doing their job as well as they’ve ever done. I have no fear that they would allow anyone to get hurt.”

He said NYPD officers would be ready and available to respond to calls during the historically-violent Labor Day J'Ouvert celebration in the city.

On Thursday, almost 400 PBA delegates voted unanimously to pass “no confidence” resolutions against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This is good news. I have thought for a while that there might be too many policemen in New York City, and this seems like the first step in making some overdue cutbacks.


Yes chief Dickface, they still handle violent crimes because that’s the police’s job. The job they swore to do. They never said they would NOT do their job, nor did anyone else, the union told them to slow down and take their time so they didn’t get in trouble and call for a supervisor. I would do the same just so the liability isn’t on the men and yet spread amongst the supervisors so when the admin sees it, there’s no speculation of the rank and file “running wild”, when it’s just actually doing their jobs on the streets. Once you go admin, it’s like you lose touch with all reality. All your hopes and dreams of what you imagine you’re doing with the department, the false sense if you’re doing something good for the men and women but your actually only doing it to further your career or term of position. So chief Dickface, don’t backpedal and act like you were behind them all along, because you really aren’t. You’re In it to win it, for yourself.


Such sad times! The Police have lost the confidence in the administration that dictates them and I see why! On top of everything else that faces them daily, now they must be concerned if anyone has their backs. NYPD I support you! Do what has to be done but nothing more. Let the political gang work the streets instead. They think they have the answers, put them to work!


It is sickening that New York decided to let politics sway their decision. I think the police should absolutely do as the union says because the administration can not be trusted.