STATEMENT OF NASSAU COUNTY PBA PRESIDENT JAMES McDERMOTT
ON THE FIRING OF NYPD POLICE OFFICER DANIEL PANTALEO
The Nassau County PBA is both saddened and outraged at the decision to terminate Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo from the NYPD. The decision to fire Police Officer Pantaleo undermines the rule of law, diminishes the support and respect that Police Officers deserve and require from the public they serve, and erodes the confidence that Police Officers have in the elected officials and top police administrators who set the policies that they are sworn to uphold.
It is undisputed that Police Officer Pantaleo followed orders from above by acting on the complaints of small business owners who wanted Eric Garner removed from in front of their premises and stopped from conducting his illegal business. Further, it is an established fact that Officer Pantaleo and other Officers only sought to subdue Mr. Garner after he failed to comply with a lawful order and resisted arrest, and Mr. Garner did not say that he could not breathe until after the brief hold on him was released. Officer Pantaleo acted properly at all times in trying to arrest a man twice his size, and both a Richmond County Grand Jury and the United States Department of Justice found that he did not commit a crime.
Police Officers are increasingly under siege, particularly in the City of New York. Disrespect of the Police and our laws is a direct consequence of politicians who pander to anti-law enforcement radicals, as well as certain Police brass who blindly follow their ineffective policies. Disrespect of Police Officers anywhere is a slight to the brave work of Police Officers everywhere, and the abandonment of any Police Officer doing her or his job, such as Officer Pantaleo, represents society turning its back on all Officers who put their lives on the line every day.