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‘The Job Is Dead’: NYPD Cops Are Angry That Eric Garner’s Killer Was Fired

NYPD police officers are seething after the recent decision announced by Commissioner James O’Neill to fire officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who fatally choked Eric Garner in Staten Island over five years ago.

The commissioner made it clear that he expected backlash after this decision, saying, “Had I been in Officer Pantaleo’s situation I may have made similar mistakes. If I was still a cop, I’d probably be mad at me.”

As he anticipated, many cops are very angry. The city’s top three police unions, which together represent roughly 35,000 active duty officers, seem to be treating the news as an outright betrayal. Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch has been pushing for a work slowdown, visiting precincts and telling officers that the Patrol Guide is now meaningless and that “no one has our backs.”

Many officers also said that Pantaleo had been a convenient scapegoat for police brass.

“They believe that Pantaleo was given a raw deal,” a veteran Bronx patrol officer, who asked for anonymity, told Gothamist. “In essence it shouldn’t just be Pantaleo getting fired, it should be the person who ordered them to make the arrest. The only reason Pantaleo went out there was because he was ordered to do so.”

The city’s police are voicing their disgust with the decision on social media and other online forums. Some have changed their profile images to an inverted NYPD flag which is a symbol of distress. Others have changed to photos that say “I’m with Pantaleo”.

The level of outrage is extremely high on a popular forum for NYPD officers called Law Enforcement Rant where hundreds of posts reacting to the news can be found. While the identity of the users on this forum can be hidden, racism in some posts is overt.

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Screenshot of one of the many posts referencing Eric Garner on Law Enforcement Ran.

Members in the group have circulated wanted posters of O’Neill for “effectively killing the NYPD,” accompanied by vague threats that he “better be prepared for the consequences.” They describe Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “fucking communist who HATES COPS.” The Garner family has been labeled “savages” and “ghetto dwellers.”

They have also shared ideas on how to organize a work slowdown. “If the average response time goes up by 3 minutes, city officials will shit themselves,” wrote one member.

On the other side of the coin, some officers are acknowledging that Pantaleo used an illegal chokehold and that they agree with the commissioner’s decision. A veteran officer who chose to remain anonymous, told the Gothamist:

“As police officer I understand how they see it, but they’re not seeing how the racist ways of the police department led them to this,” the officer said. “Broken windows makes stuff like this happen against black people.” Garner was initially stopped for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, a “quality-of-life” offense that the mayor has said should continue to be enforced.

The officer also suggested that Pantaleo’s race may have factored into the outpouring of support he received from the department. He noted that such full-throated solidarity was largely absent after the department fired Peter Liang, an immigrant officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2014. The officer speculated that “if a minority had [killed Garner], they would have fired him immediately.”

“There’s a thin blue line,” he added, “but it has a white streak on it.”

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CAROLYN GREEN August 23, 2019 at 12:56 pm

DID THE PERSON WHO ORDERED HIM TO GO OUT THERE TELL HIM TO KILL GARNER? AND DIDN’T HE HEAR THE MAN SAY 12X I CAN’T BREATHE. NOT ONLY SHOULD HE BE FIRED, NOW HE SHOULD STAND TRAIL FOR MURDER. SINCE HE WAS FIRED THAT MEANS HE DID SOMETHING WRONG. ALL OF THIS HATRED WILL GET YOU NOWHERE.

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Tracey Caple August 24, 2019 at 10:31 am

Black people are mad his ass isn’t in JAIL for murder.

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Lisa September 3, 2019 at 6:29 am

And no one told him to use an illegal chokehold when he was sent out there to make an arrest. Making an arrest and commiting murder by illegal use of a chokehold are two different things. The officer and the officers who support him are the ones who have no respect for the patrol guide.

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coy redic September 4, 2019 at 10:04 am

The racism by the police is so open, its a klan rally without hoods. The nation sees how unjust and biased they are, the justice department sees how racist and violent they are, the world sees the unadulterated hate those swown to protect show toward black people .yet nothing is done……every last one of those snorting pink pigs marching and standingbup for that coward should all be immediately fired and all of tgeir cases involving people of color thrown out and they be arrested for abuse of office

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Mary September 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm

I agree, he should have been charged with murder.

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frank September 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Fuck that Racist ass cop! He should be dead for real because if that was my brother, he wouldn’t of made it to court! The hood should still be looking for his ass and take his Racist White ass out! He doesn’t deserve to live!

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Osvar September 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm

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They have a license to kill. What happened to protect and serve, now it’s comply or die on blacks. We understand where there is no resistance there is persistence. Cops have to be held for Blatant murder, and for other cops to support this let us blacks know what’s next. Why do you all hate us.?

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Michael Fox August 23, 2019 at 1:37 pm

Does any one other than me notice that the outrage being expressed by the NYC police. Is clearly down the color line of the 36,000 cops in NYC, about half are non white and the other half white. The out rage is clearly comming for the most part the white demographic.

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John Wise August 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Following orders from a supervisor is One Thing…
Killing a man is a Whole Different Issue !!!

The Police Commissioner is a True Stand Up Man!!?

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Ellen Edwards Copson August 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Cops need to be held accountable for their murdering asses. Sure people do crimes but it is NOT THE C

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Johnnie August 25, 2019 at 10:13 pm

I think all the commander officers that were present in mr garner murder should be fired or in jail. All those cops who disagreed with that murderer isn’t about justice and fairness. Everyone knows it was wrong for them to ckoke that man like that. It was enough of them there to arrest him without doing all that. I would say the same for defense of a decent cop who was doing his duty right,fairly and lawfully. In this case nypd is full of bullshit.

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JC August 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

This is why every 9/11 I salute the firefighters that lost their lives and don’t give a s*** about NYPD officers. They’ve been a racist corrupt criminal enterprise every since I was a kid and before.

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Peter Boyle August 24, 2019 at 5:32 pm

If the alleged choke hold victim’s family didn’t piss all there money away , they wouldn’t give a rats sss about if he was 6 feet down or up , stop means stop not think you can take on 6 men ( in blue or any color ) give it up

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Lafrances August 25, 2019 at 8:09 am

They jumped him like monkeys WITH HIS HANDS UP!!! WHAT DID THEIR MONEY HAVE TO DO WITH THEM TAKING HIS LIFE??? These are the type of comments manipulators make to deflect from the fact that these cos MURDERED a man and they are trying to use their power to get away with it….

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Eugene Reid August 27, 2019 at 6:11 am

At the end of the day, the police don’t know how to deal with the citizens and most white officers are racist and think they’re above the law and can do what they want and get away with it. Even in the chokehold that was used Eric Garner said several times I can’t breathe and that cop don’t not release his grip, talking all that junk about his family shows you have no respect for human life. This is why black people don’t respect the police because of how they talk to us, and how they approach us like we have to respect them. Last I checked RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN, the cops cannot be trusted so this is why the people don’t respect law enforcement all across the world and if something is not done about these crooked racist cops what happened in philly is going to keep happening all across the US because people are tired of the police lying, falsifying documents and information, beating of unarmed civilians and the beaten disrespect in how they address the people they’re supposed to be protecting. BLUE LIVES CANT MATTER UNTIL THE PEOPLES LIVES MATTER FIRST!

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sick of this shit August 30, 2019 at 2:20 am

You mean by pissed away, you mean pay his bills you racist piece of shit.

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sick of this shit August 30, 2019 at 2:25 am

All racist cops should be fired and barred from ever serving, all the cops on that site should be investigated, all their arrests too, then they should be fired.

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Kai August 23, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Who gives a damn about them being mad. He got away with murder. Be should have been
fired AND sentenced to jail time.

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wiseoldsnail August 23, 2019 at 7:37 pm

‘Others have changed to photos that say “I’m with Pantaleo’ … if they’re with pantaleo, they’re unemployed, right? fucking clowns

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Equal Rights August 23, 2019 at 9:54 pm

So cops are upset how do you think the Garner family felt about you fellow officer killing a man for selling loose cigarettes? And dont forget a group of all white cops wearing t-shirts saying I can breath. So he wasn’t on killed but made fun of how he couldn’t breath.

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Marie August 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

They need to start making these cops accountable for their actions beginning with liability insurance for when they kill us then you will not have so many of them on the force. Does any of these idiots realize that it is us the TAX payers that pay these civil cases each and every time they kill us. It’s like we are paying ourselves for them to kill us. SMDH. MAKE THEM PAY.

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Susan August 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm

I am left to interpret that this massive entourage of enraged police envision black and brown people as carnage and not fully human on the same scale as themselves…that is the only conclusion any rational being can come to when confronted with an outcry to “stop killing us…” Pantaleo continued to choke Eric Garner as he said over and over that he couldn’t breathe…What could Eric Garner do to make him matter and register as a human being? Begging, praying or tongue licking the bottom of your boots…? This white man’s firing does not bring this even close to a place of equanimity…there will be a day of reckoning—not in this world, but for certain there will a day of making all things right.

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Moses Hyman August 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Was let off way too easy

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john August 27, 2019 at 9:53 am

This was clearly murder, so they are saying , let us kill black and brown people at well and not pay any attention to it , nyny I feel sorry for you . You have the KKK protecting you , they hide behind their blue uniforms instead of robes and hoods . Black people and brown people should be afread to come to New York because it is patrolled by the clan .

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john August 27, 2019 at 10:03 am

White people cover for each othe even in murder . They are not on the force to protect and serve , they are on the force to murder , they are looking for ways to get a clean shot as they say . A clean shot is when you can kill a person of color and get away with it . Did they not try to cover cover up this man’s murder , you have section of the New York Police department that are criminals , this is scary.

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john August 27, 2019 at 10:04 am

Protect and serve themselves without consequences

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Hell on earth August 27, 2019 at 1:22 pm

But white NYPD aren’t a bunch of racist clowns and pigs 🤡🐽🐖🐷 gimme a break. These are the animals that are here to serve and protect, big fucking joke. That racist pig got off easy. FTP

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Lafie August 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm

So all of the officers are hurling racial remarks and making threats to slowdown response time, hence putting the public in further danger and nothing is being done. They need to be held accountable. How can you have them patrolling the streets with these attitudes. The things they posted about his grave, chicken and fries, and purple soda are clearly racially motivated and deplorable.

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Dnice August 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Wow. This just let’s you know civilian lives don’t matter to these gangs of terrorizing murderest cops!

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Lamar Mitchell August 29, 2019 at 8:28 pm

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Peoples want to live.

FIRE All of Those RACIST 👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♀️👮🏻‍♀️COPS

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Angie August 30, 2019 at 8:58 am

If this is the job they think they’re supposed to do then yes, they should all be fired.

We don’t need an armed criminal gang with badges, we can do JUST FINE without them.

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Chris August 30, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Who cares if they are mad!!!! Just know that the days of killing innocent black men is over!!!! Also, this looks so much like a KKK rally!!!

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Angi August 31, 2019 at 12:34 pm

I believe that the standard to become a cop should be revisited. Too many are overtly racist and they should not be on the force. This is happening all over America and as an AA I fear for my brown and black sisters and brothers out here. I respect the police and I have officers in my family, so I’m not downing them. Cops have to do better and be held to a different standard. Protect and serve all fairly.

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Andre Cooper September 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm

The ones that disagree with the decision are bigots hiding behind a badge.

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Robin Hood September 6, 2019 at 7:26 am

Well there we have it. Since the beginning of American history it has been more than obvious that white people devalued the lives of Non white people, hence the phrase “Black Lives Matter”. This phrase is offensive only to those choose to entertain the thoughts of racial equality. To combat all of these killings of black people by white officers in New York and around the country. And to passively satisfy justice for a grieving family – 1 officer was fired. Not sentenced to life in prison or the electric chair. As we know that this still isn’t a true and fair response to well televised murder. Still these pigs 🐷 are running around as if an act of injustice has been committed.When I say pigs I mean in it a sense of being greedy because the NYD think and act above the law, they take and don’t expect to give any sense of consequence.They are making this abundantly clear that expect to violate others and not be held accountable regardless of the circumstances.Fuck the Blue Wall of Cowardice and that punk ass Racist Spokesperson, Who ironically sees everything done by The NYD as a justifiable action. Well get this Patty even Jesus made errors . With a work force as large as the NYD it’s utterly impossible to have infallibility.

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