Records indicate that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who administered the chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, received a pay increase. According to the fiscal year 2016 report, Pantaleo made $119,996, which is about $20,000 more than he made before the death of Garner.
His seemingly massive pay raise has prompted many to criticize the actions of the department and the city.
Most recently, Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric, sent a fiery tweet criticizing Mayor Bill DeBlasio and the increased salary of her father’s killer.
When the public questioned the pay increase for Pantaleo, the NYPD released a statement, in an attempt to diffuse the situation.
“At times, officers are required to work beyond their scheduled tour of duty; this includes officers on modified assignment,” said an NYPD spokesman.
However, based on the past fiscal year on record, this salary raise does not appear to realistically come from overtime work and modified assignments. In 2014, before Pantaleo’s modified reassignment and Garner’s death, the officer only made $99,915, which included $17,189 in overtime.
It appears odd that over the course of a fiscal year, he could rack up an additional 19K in overtime assignments.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also found this news egregious, and did not shy away from making her opinion known.
“The vast majority of men and women who serve the NYPD treat the public with respect and are selfless civil servants, but Officer Pantaleo is not one of them,” Mark-Viverito said. “He should not be rewarded for his reprehensible actions.”
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