Pantaleo Not Enough; Eric Garner's Mom Wants All Cops In Son's Arrest Fired

Gwen Garner said that in light of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo's firing, the other officers should be fired, too.

New York, NY – Eric Garner’s mother has called for all the other officers involved in her son’s arrest to be fired in the wake of New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill’s decision to terminate Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Gwen Garner said that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was premature when he said that justice had been served during a press conference following the commissioner’s announcement on Monday.

“There’s more work we have to do,” Gwen Garner told WPIX on Tuesday morning. “There’s other officers on the force who was involved in my son’s death that day and we have to go after them because they all caused my son’s death – it wasn’t only Pantaleo.”

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 chokehold.

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.

An administrative trial judge recommended that the officer be terminated for using a chokehold against department policy, and the police commissioner took her recommendation.

Gwen Garner told WPIX that Commissioner O’Neill’s firing of Officer Pantaleo was “a step in the right direction.”

“Justice will come when all the officers stand accountable for their wrongdoing that day,” she said. “Then we can have some sense of justice. And there’s a long way to go with that. We even have Kizzy Adonis who was charged – there was no court date set for her. There is nothing going forward with her.”

NYPD Sergeant Kizzy Adonis arrived on the scene after Garner resisted arrest and was put into handcuffs, according to the New York Daily News.

But despite the fact that Sgt. Adonis was actually seven miles away when the incident occurred, NYPD has charged her with failure to supervise the officers involved in the arrest.

The New York Daily News reported that NYPD said Sgt. Adonis failed to intervene when she arrived and saw Garner already on the ground.

She was officially charged two years before Officer Pantaleo, in January of 2016.

Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said that NYPD has made Sgt. Adonis their “scapegoat,” the New York Daily News reported.

“She was at the borough [office] when it happened,” Mullins said. “What she did was what you’d want any sergeant to do. She took a leadership position and went to the scene.”

He pointed out that none of the other officials who got involved in the incident – a plainclothes anti-crime sergeant, the duty captain, and the platoon commander - have been accused of failure to supervise.

“They all need to lose their jobs,” Gwen Garner told The New York Times.

Activist Kirsten John Foy, the founder of Arc of Justice, told WPIX that he took exception to the Police Benevolent Association president’s press conference after Commissioner O’Neill’s announcement and accused Patrick Lynch of channeling “Bam-Bam” from the Flintstones and running an all-white boys club.

“It’s interesting. If you juxtaposed the PBA’s press conference with our press conference, you can see a stark contrast,” Foy said. “You mean to tell me you couldn’t find any women to stand with you? You couldn’t find any people of color who wear the badge to stand with you? This was an all-white men’s show.”

Gwen Garner complained to WPIX that Lynch never had anything nice to say about her son.

“It’s terrible to have a person like that as a union rep,” she said. “I mean, he has no compassion. He’s talking all about the police. That police officer murdered my son. He never speaks about that. It’s always negativity when it comes to him speaking about Eric.”

“But his police officer,” she continued. “They had to pay three lawsuits because of this officer and he’s ‘a decorated officer’ in their eyes.”

Officer Pantaleo was a 13-year veteran of the NYPD at the time of his firing.

Commissioner O’Neill said during the press conference announcing his termination that Officer Pantaleo had made hundreds of good arrests – many of them for gun charges.

The officer had never before had a complaint about having injured a suspect before Garner died during his arrest.

But Gwen Garner was having none of the sympathy that was extended to Officer Pantaleo.

“Pantaleo, you may have lost your job, but I lost a son. You cannot replace that. You can get another job, maybe at Burger King,” the mother told The New York times.

She has continued to beat the drum of accountability.

“I want NYPD to take a stand and the superiors to hold their officers accountable when necessary. It can’t be a one-way street,” she told WPIX. “It looks like we are always the bad person. No, it’s not like that. You see, these officers are killing so many unarmed people. Make them stand accountable. Let them know that there are penalties when it comes to this.”

Garner’s mother has said that she wants a new grand jury to review the facts of the case because she believes officers lied on the stand to the first grand jury.

“For instance, many of the officers filed false reports stating that Eric had something upwards of 10,000 cigarettes which was the predicate they used for stopping him which we know to be false,” Foy told WPIX. “We also know that there was a grand jury who refused to indict. Well, maybe those officers perjured themselves. We need the district attorney to release the transcript of the grand jury and then finally, there’s an opportunity for the new district attorney to empanel a new grand jury to present the evidence before a new grand jury in light of the decisions of the department.”

An NYPD sergeant told Blue Lives Matter that if the department goes forward with the prosecution of Sgt. Adonis for an incident that occurred before she arrived on the scene, things are going to get very tricky for officials.

“Supervisors are going to be pushing decisions up the line,” he said. “Probably going to the platoon commander and the captain to make decisions for them.”

Comments (33)
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flybynight
flybynight

Might as well not even have a PD 🙄🤬

Eddieg825
Eddieg825

Time for all street officers to look elsewhere for support and employment. Then watch the anarchy to set in aka Chicago, Lost Angelis, Portland Or., Seattle Wa., D.C., and the list keeps climbing!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

What was that? Like 20 cops?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Subduing that guy was like having a Great White jump into your bass boat.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Of course the PBA president is not talking highly of the criminal... after all, if her career criminal son hadn't resisted arrest, and hdan't been so out of shape, he would still be alivem and the PBA president would not have to defend his fellow union member over politcally motivated disciplinary actions, where multiple criminal investigations found the officer hadn't committed anything wrong.

But she's right about one thing: because the city chose to pay 3 lawsuits over her son's decision to be out of shape and resist arrest while committing a crime, she (and much of the general public) see it as the city admitting the cops were wrong to try to arrest a criminal who was resisting arrest. The city should have never cut the family the ghetto lottery check before the investigation was complete, because doing so sent a clear message that regardless of the outcome, the city wouldn't have the officer's back for simply doing his job

LEO0301
LEO0301

Actually, Momma Garner, the fault is yours, not the officers. After all, wasn't it you that fed Eric fat laden macaroni and cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? His heart exploded from the exertion. Maybe if you had taught Eric right from wrong he would be alive today, you murderer!

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Stupid woman....you done raised a fat lowlife useless POS and now you want hard working productive people fired because your dumbass fat slob criminal son is dead. Look in the mirror you dumb bitch of you want to see who is responsible for your son's death.

Ljubica48
Ljubica48

Gwen Garner needs to look in the mirror to see who is really responsible for her son's demise. She raised a son so completely lacking in self-respect and self-discipline that he became a morbidly obese career criminal with a plethora of self-induced chronic health issues. If she had raised a son with some self-control and discipline, perhaps he wouldn't have developed the unhealthy lifestyle and the lack of simple common sense to comply with the police that ultimately caused his death. It's not like this was Eric Garner's first rodeo with the police, and all he had to do was go along with the program and comply, just like all his previous arrests.

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Someone should take the mom to court and make her responsible for her sons antics, after all she is calling the shots here. maybe more money will quite her down

vwiles34
vwiles34

If these worthless low lives wouldn't keep resisting arrest and fighting with officers they wouldn't get hurt period. And these morons who stand on the sidelines saying why were you fighting with him. Because he was under arrest and was not complying with their legal instructions. I'd like to see some of these big mouth's try and take a 350 lb behemoth into custody who is resisting. And it doesn't matter if he robbed a bank or stole a pack of gum. If he was being arrested he needed to comply and fight in court. And these whiney ass blacks who every time a black is killed by a police officer needs to stay off there soap every time this happens and start educating these black men to STOP BREAKING THE LAW and if you do and get caught DON"T and DON't FIGHT....Andy you'll stay alive. And your family and the black community won't have to get up in arm's.

Bud
Bud

It's time to stand up to the blacks that think they can break the law, fight the police, and never be held accountable. It's time people, no, it's past time!

Ralphie_Boy
Ralphie_Boy

Haven't you and your family done enough, yes your son thru his carelessness cost his own life and now the cop's career, now you want your pound of flesh, IT'S OVER LADY!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

And it starts. Give them an inch, then they want to take a foot. Nothing is going to satisfy her little “quest” for justice. It’s going to go from Officer Pantaleo (who I hope gets his job back after suing the commissioner) to a never ending list of people whom she “thinks” should be fired. Let’s not forget, her father was breaking the law.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

She should FIRE HERSELF.... YOU RAISED A WORTHLESS POS AND NOW YOUR WELFARE CHECK SHRINKS....SO BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR OWN FAILURES

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

She needs to stand up and take accountability for her son she did raise right

61mouse
61mouse

NYPD don't you feel a blue flu coming on

Stanracer
Stanracer

Gwen Garner doesn't get to decide who should be fired.

5150
5150

Her Son was a scum bag and she did a shitty job of raising him. She should have never had kids.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Unfortunately being a law enforcement officer in today's world is not the same as it was during my career and the careers of may others. These "campaigns" built upon half-truths, lies and innuendos to justify people doing wrong against cops and losing must stop. Wishing for all to be fired and officers to be criminally charges is like this: "Wich in one hand and crap in the other, and see which one fills-up first! Are lawyers so hungry that they fight over cases like this one?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Well Ms. Garner if you want everyone "accountable", how about the city and the police sue you for being a piece of shit parent!! Because the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! And if you had raised him right and he had not resisted, he might still be alive. But of course, you'll never take accountability that your son was a disrespectful heathen!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Maybe you should ask for the law makers that put this bullsh#t law into existence to resign? Cop's were doing their job that law makers put this crap on the book's for taxes!!! Deblasio and his comrades, then they blame NYPD officers for enforcing it!

rds40
rds40

How do you think they pay for all those benefits they keep promising people? That tax brings in billions.

The media seems to totally ignore the reason this started. Complaints by shops that sold cigarettes that lost sales due to him selling untaxed varieties.

So it was only the arrest that caused it?

He had been a horticulturist at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, but quit for health reasons. Garner had just broken up a fight,..no involvement in the death?

Sad that he died. But at what point does ones own actions come back?

LEO Mom
LEO Mom

I’m sorry for anyone’s loss of a loved one but maybe she should also have told him to get a legal job since he’d been told to stop many times. Guess he was flicking Law Enforcement the bird.