Police Union: Mayor, Commissioner Should Lose Jobs Over Garner Firing

Erica Brosnan
August 28, 2019 - 6:35 pm
Pat Lynch, president of the NYC Police Benevolent Association

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The largest police union in New York City says Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill should lose their jobs over the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

O’Neill announced last week that “Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer,” following his involvement in Eric Garner’s 2014 chokehold death.

At the time, the commissioner said that while he was confident in his decision, it was not an easy one to make.

While Garner’s family praised the department for the decision to fire Pantaleo, Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch blasted the decision and accused O'Neill of choosing “politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead.”

On Wednesday, Police Benevolent Association delegates further reiterated their disapproval of the decision and unanimously approved no confidence resolutions calling for the mayor’s removal from office and O'Neill's immediate resignation.

A spokesperson for the mayor said in a statement that the vote was “another attempt by the Police Benevolent Association to divide our city and we won’t stand for it.”

Meanwhile, spokesman Phil Walzak said O'Neill's “heart and soul are with the NYPD” and noted that the commissioner is honored to lead the department.

It’s unclear if any action would be taken as a result of the union’s votes.