New York City has seen a drastic decrease in arrests and moving violations since the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo who was fired from the force for applying a chokehold to Eric Garner which led to his death.
The decrease in arrests is concerning the department’s top brass who believe officers may be protesting the controversial firing by enacting a slowdown.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said daily felony arrests have dropped throughout the city by 11% since Pantaleo was fired on Aug. 19 — down from an average of 237 a day to 201. Also, misdemeanor arrests have fallen by about 18%, from 373 to 311 a day, an NYPD spokesman said.
Moving violations have dropped from 2,195 to 1,487 — a daily drop of about 32%, officials said.
O’Neill said the department is looking into the drop, but wouldn’t confirm whether or not it was part of a work slowdown.
“There is accountability here and leadership issues here,” O’Neill said at police headquarters during his monthly crime briefing with Mayor de Blasio. “We have to make sure that our precinct, PSA and transit district commanders are paying attention to this and paying attention to this every day.”
Mayor De Blasio doesn’t seem to think there is a slowdown in affect. On Wednesday he said, “What I see is officers doing their jobs. I see some sporadic issues that have to be addressed and that will be addressed on a precinct level.”
Rank and file officers have also seen a drop in arrest and summonses, but don’t believe it was set off by Pantaleo’s termination.
“Pantaleo’s been gone for five years, so no one is worrying about that,” said the officer, who wished not to be named. “No one is supporting the cops, so why should we do God’s work when no one cares?”
“I could go outside right now and make five arrests, but why should I?” the cop asked. “We’re getting sick of the bull—-.”