Over $140k Raised For Pantaleo After Termination Over Eric Garner's Death

Supporters have donated more than $140,000 since Monday to help former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and his family.

New York, NY – A fundraiser in support of former New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Daniel Pantaleo raised more than $140,000 in less than three days to help the officer who was fired Monday in connection with the death of Eric Garner.

The GoFundMe account was set up on Aug. 2, the day NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado issued a non-binding verdict that said Officer Pantaleo was not guilty of aggravated assault or obstructing breathing, but that he had violated department policy regarding the use of chokeholds, WABC reported.

Officer Pantaleo was suspended from duty the same day.

As of Thursday evening, over 2,500 people had donated over $140,000.

The description of the campaign on GoFundMe said former Officer Pantaleo had a newborn baby at home and bills to pay, and called the officer’s firing political.

"Mayor de Blasio's anti-police rhetoric contributed toward the decision to fire him. Let's help an officer in need who was only doing his job!" the organizer posted on the page.

A competing GoFundMe page vows that they will raise a dollar for Eric Garner's family for every dollar raised for Pantaleo. As of Thursday evening, they are a little behind on their 1:1 goal.

When NYPD Police Commissioner O’Neill announced Officer Pantaleo’s termination on Monday, he insisted that politics had nothing to do with his decision and said that he supported Maldonado’s recommendation.

“The unintended consequence of Mr. Garner’s death must have a consequence of its own,” Commissioner O’Neill told reporters at a press conference at NYPD headquarters.

He disputed rumors that City Hall and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had ordered him to fire the controversial police officer, and said his 34 years as an NYPD police officer had made it a difficult decision.

“If I was still a cop, I’d probably be mad at me. ‘You’re not looking out for us.’ But I am,” Commissioner O’Neill said.

He said that he had considered a separation option for Officer Pantaleo that would have let him keep his pension, but ultimately, decided to do a straight-forward termination.

New York City Public Defender Rebecca J. Kavanagh told Newsweek that the success of Pantaleo’s GoFundMe was a bad thing.

"There is already massively disparate policing of minority communities," Kavanagh said. "Police killings, like Eric Garner's, have created an almost complete breakdown in trust. When black and brown people then learn that a large number of police officers not only support the cop who killed him, but subscribe to overtly racist views, then whatever trust there is left is potentially totally destroyed."

Officer Pantaleo was on desk duty for five years after the incident with Garner in July of 2014 until he was suspended on Aug. 2.

Garner was arrested by NYPD officers on July 17, 2014, after police stopped him for selling individual, untaxed loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk.

He resisted arrest and fought with officers who struggled to take the 350-pound man into custody.

In the process of subduing Garner, video taken by witnesses showed that Officer Pantaleo had his arm around Garner's neck and pressed his face against the sidewalk.

Garner repeatedly told officers “I can’t breathe,” a phrase that became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter in the months that followed.

Officer Pantaleo later said he tried to use a “seatbelt maneuver” on Garner, and did not mean to put the much larger man into a choke hold.

Garner lost consciousness on the sidewalk, and died in the hospital an hour later from a medical emergency.

The autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide.

A New York Grand Jury declined to indict on any criminal charges.

The federal inquiry dragged on for five years and ended in July with federal prosecutors deciding not to charge Officer Pantaleo.

Attorney Stuart London said that now-former Officer Pantaleo would be filing an appeal of his termination under Article 78.

Comments (156)
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flybynight
flybynight

I think people are getting very tired of this crap. Hope he pulls down 500,000 at least and lands a job at a great PD if he wants it!!!

Patrick 69
Patrick 69

If you can say I can't breath you are breathing.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

So lets set up a go fund me for a murderer...LOL America has some of the most ignorant individuals alive.

Dave Sarge
Dave Sarge

This is why so many excellent LEOs are fleeing the metro areas and joining departments in the 'burbs.

flybynight
flybynight

Let's set up a go fund me page for a lard ass that wouldn't comply when caught breaking the law. 🙄🤔

tfort
tfort

He will blow it by the end of the year.

Firkin
Firkin

"There is already massively disparate policing of minority communities," Stop policing these areas. I'm sure they will turn into havens of peace and love.

RubyRose
RubyRose

Eric Garners people must be broke again.

RubyRose
RubyRose

The relatives of Garner must be broke again

Mumsy
Mumsy

Another great city is losing it's mind by letting the idiots run the place!! when it comes down to keeping a city safe New York has completely lost the handle on safety.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Awesome!

Jessvan345
Jessvan345

This garbage has got to stop. How about not resist arrest? Sorry but if I'm resisting arrest whatever happens I have coming. People really just can not accept responsibility for their bad behavior these days. Cops are not paid near enough for this crap and I hope there is a mass Exodus of law enforcement which then citizens will be begging for them back. He needs to litigate against the department and City for his pension. Sue them back.

VGC
VGC

At least we know there are some great people in NYC. The political hate America cult sucks. They are the ones that turned NYC in to the 2nd largest sewer in the world. I feel sorry for the good citizens can run the scum out of their city and state!

Milman
Milman

I want to know what the "Medical Emergency" was. Heart Attack? I blame the medical examiner for calling it a homicide to begin with, especially considering the fact that this overweight idiot not only refused to cooperate but actually fought the officers! His death was due to his actions, not the officers.... NY, You get what you deserve!

bronx163
bronx163

NYPD COPS STOP YOUR BS AND DONATE TO YOUR BROTHER DANNY PANTALEO.

YOU COULD BE IN SAME POSITION.

ANY JOB YOU GO TO COULD TURN INTO SAME MESS.

JOB WILL FIRE U TO APPEASE RACIST COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS AND THANKLESS CITY.

WAKE UP SHOULDN'T JUST BE RETIRED COPS MAKING UP 90 percent of donation FOR DANNY.