Tag: O’Neill, James P

Is the N.Y.P.D. at War With Itself?

On Labor Day, a 48-year-old retired sergeant with the New York Police Department was found dead in a car on Staten Island, apparently having shot himself. The department has been shaken by a rash of suicides; this case would mark the 10th in 2019 and the eighth since June, already double the number of suicides […]

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After Pantaleo, Wary N.Y.P.D. Officers Say No One Has Their Backs

The video of the final moments in the life of Eric Garner and his cries for help — “I can’t breathe” — ignited swift outrage, launching a campaign against aggressive policing and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement. Five years later, the firing on Monday of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer whose chokehold led to Mr. […]

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‘Life-and-Death Choices’: Why the Commissioner Grappled With the Eric Garner Decision

James P. O’Neill, the New York City police commissioner, could have dispensed with a decision five years in the making with a terse official statement. But in firing the police officer whose chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner, Commissioner O’Neill instead delivered a sprawling examination of the case and spoke about the perils […]

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Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired

The New York City police officer whose chokehold was partly blamed for Eric Garner’s death in police custody in 2014 was fired from the Police Department on Monday, ending a bitter, five-year legal battle that had cast a shadow over the nation’s largest police force and the city it protects. The police commissioner, James P. […]

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Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Chokehold Was ‘Untruthful,’ Judge Says

When internal affairs investigators asked Officer Daniel Pantaleo in 2014 to define a chokehold, he described a scenario where “you use your forearm, grasped with the other hand, and you pull back with your forearm onto the windpipe preventing him from breathing.” The investigators with the New York Police Department then had him watch video […]

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Fifth N.Y.P.D. Officer Since June Dies by Suicide, Police Say

A New York police officer was found dead at his Staten Island home on Saturday after shooting himself in what was the fifth police suicide in the city since June, officials said. Officials did not immediately release the officer’s name, rank or tenure with the department, however the Sergeants Benevolent Association said in a tweet […]

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Why the Eric Garner Case Is a Critical Test for the N.Y.P.D. Commissioner

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] What should happen to the New York City police officer who gripped Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold just before he died? That is the politically explosive question facing Commissioner James P. O’Neill after the long-awaited disciplinary hearing for […]

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New York Police Officer Kills Himself, Third Police Suicide in 10 Days

A 29-year-old New York police officer fatally shot himself near his Staten Island precinct station house Friday afternoon, the third member of the department to kill himself in 10 days. The police declined to release the officer’s name or to provide more details about his position, other than to say that he had been a […]

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Chokeholds and Police Abuse, Kept From the Public

An administrative judge will decide soon whether New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired for using a prohibited chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner and waves of protest over police brutality five years ago. Whatever her decision, the public may never know about it. That is because of the stunning […]

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The Story Behind the Police Commissioner’s Handwritten Stonewall Apology

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Faced with a renewed call last week to apologize for the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn, the New York Police Department proclaimed that the “N.Y.P.D. of today is much different than the department of 50 years ago.” It […]

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Stonewall Apology: Police Actions Were ‘Wrong,’ Commissioner Admits

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, apologized on Thursday on behalf of the Police Department for the actions of police officers during the Stonewall riot, the seminal 1969 clash outside a Greenwich Village club that is widely regarded […]

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