Payroll records show that the NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who restrained Eric Garner in a chokehold, received an increase in pay.
Daniel Pantaleo was involved in the death of Eric Garner, as he placed the deceased in a chokehold to the point where he couldn’t breathe anymore and eventually died. It was revealed recently that Pantaleo got a pay raise after he was placed on modified duty two years ago.
Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, Pantaleo earned $119,996, including $23,220 in overtime pay and $12,853 in unspecified pay. That leaves his base pay at about $78,000 and over $35,000 given to him for reasons still yet to be explained.
Pantaleo’s overtime earnings shot up to 33 percent this year following the $17,189 he received last year. And an overall pay increase of up to 14 percent from the previous fiscal year. Payroll records disclosed the excess of money paid to Pantaleo after his involvement in an innocent Black man’s death.
On July 17, 2014, a bystander took a video of the incident where Eric Garner was choked to death by the NYPD officer for reportedly selling loose cigarettes outside a convenience store. Pantaleo’s badge and gun were seized by the NYPD pending an investigation, but he was later cleared of all charges by a grand jury in December 2014.
Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the horrific encounter between Eric Garner and the NYPD cops was sentenced to 4 years in prison on unrelated charges. “I should’ve done it smarter, and not put my name out there. I don’t regret taking the video. It shined some light on stuff that was happening. It was a good thing. Now people are opening their eyes to what’s going on with some officers,” Orta said.
It was also revealed that the NYPD cop didn’t get any punishment or disciplinary action from his department that would have had an impact on his earnings. The revelation of this information comes in the middle of an outcry from Garner’s family and activists over Mayor Bill De Blasio’s refusal to make Pantaleo’s disciplinary records public.
As each day goes by, the belief in this system keeps fading away as the consistency of unfair treatment of Blacks continues. Not only did the NYPD cop not get indicted for killing a Black man, he also got a raise. The level of injustice is absolutely pathetic to see and we hope everyone can see how cops get free passes in killings involving Black people.