Records Reveal Officer Involved in Eric Garner’s Death Received Pay Increase

Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr, center, is joined by his daughter Emerald Snipes, left, and wife Esaw Snipes, as she speaks during a news conference. | AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr, center, is joined by his daughter Emerald Snipes, left, and wife Esaw Snipes, as she speaks during a news conference. | AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who restrained Eric Garner in a chokehold shortly before Garner died on Staten Island in 2014, has steadily increased his earnings — including a sharp jump in overtime pay — in the two years since he was placed on modified duty.

Pantaleo earned $119,996 in fiscal year 2016, which includes earnings between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. His base pay was $78,026 and he earned $23,220 in overtime, according to a review of payroll records. He received an additional $12,853 in unspecified pay, which could include retroactive pay or bonuses.

Pantaleo’s earnings in 2016 represent a 35 percent increase in overtime pay, and a 14 percent overall increase from the previous fiscal year, which began shortly before Garner’s death on July 17, 2014.

In that 12-month period, ending June 30, 2015, Pantaleo earned $105,061, with $76,488 base pay, $17,109 in overtime and $11,673 in additional earnings, records show.

In fiscal year 2014, which was completed before Garner’s death and Pantaleo’s subsequent reassignment, he made $99,915, which included $17,189 in overtime.

Pantaleo was seen on video helping wrestle Garner to the ground after Garner, who was unarmed, refused to be arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes outside a convenience store. The city’s medical examiner later determined the “choke hold” contributed to Garner’s death.

Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge after Garner’s death and placed on modified assignment, pending an investigation by the department. A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict him in December of 2014.

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Source: Politico | SALLY GOLDENBERG