The NY Daily News reports that Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD cop whose chokehold ultimately led to Eric Garner’s death, raked in $119,996 from the department in fiscal year 2016, $20,000 more than what he was making before he was placed on modified duty after Garner’s death.
A spokesman for the NYPD explained the salary hikes away 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 reeling at 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 called bs on the pay increase.
“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.
A union rep and a lawyer for Pantaleo both declined to comment on the salary increases, which were first reported by Politico New York.