Apparently it pays to take part in police misconduct in NYC.
Just ask Officer Daniel Pantaleo who has received over a $20k salary increase since he murdered unarmed Eric Garner with a deadly chokehold in July 2014.
Chokeholds apparently pay at the NYPD.
The cop whose chokehold immediately preceded Eric Garner’s death two years ago earned a hefty $119,996 from the department in fiscal year 2016, a jaw-dropping amount that’s $20,000 more than what he was making before he was placed on modified duty after Garner’s death.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo also had a sizable pay bump in fiscal 2015, which began just weeks before the unarmed Garner was killed during what should have been a routine bust for selling loose cigarettes, a misdemeanor.
That year, Pantaleo, who has been on modified duty since Garner’s death, somehow made $105,061 with overtime.
His base pay was $76,488 — as it was in fiscal year 2014, when he made a total of $99,915 with overtime while working as a plainclothes anti-crime cop.
In fiscal year 2016, which ended in July, his base pay was bumped up to $78,026 — and he somehow made a total of $119,996 while riding a desk. Over $23,000 of that was in overtime, while another $12,853 came from “unspecified pay,” which Politico New York reported could include bonuses or retroactive pay.
A spokesman for the NYPD downplayed the salary hikes as routine.
“At times, officers are required to work beyond their scheduled tour of duty; this includes officers on modified assignment,” said the spokesman.
But Garner’s relatives — already fuming about the city’s refusal to release disciplinary records for Pantaleo — were outraged.
His daughter Erica Garner tweeted, “This seems like movies. A bad one. No justice, no records, mayor tells me all lives matter. Pantaleo gets a bonus.”
Advocates for police reform also cried foul.
“It’s the epitome of an insult to New Yorkers in general, and particularly those of us who have stood by the Garner family,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
“I’m not only concerned about this raise. I’m concerned why is he even on the force?”
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said it was “appalling” Pantaleo got such an OT haul.
“The vast majority of men and women who serve the NYPD treat the public with respect and are selfless civil servants, but Officer Pantaleo is not one of them. He should not be rewarded for his reprehensible actions,” she said.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said the NYPD has concluded its investigation into the incident, but will wait until after the outcome of a federal civil rights probe into Garner’s death before proceeding with any disciplinary charges.
If convicted of departmental charges, Pantaleo could face a range of penalties, including losing his job.
It’s unclear when the investigation by the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office will wrap up. The News reported that prosecutors began presenting evidence to a federal grand jury this past February.
Pantaleo, 31, was stripped of his badge and gun and placed on desk duty in the Staten Island borough command in the aftermath of Garner’s death.
Although the department won’t release his disciplinary records, the back-to-back pay increases suggest he was not disciplined in any way that affects his wallet.
A union rep and a lawyer for Pantaleo both declined to comment on the salary increases, which were first reported by Politico New York.