According to the local CBS affiliate, “arrest totals in New York City have plunged in the two weeks since the NYPD fired the officer accused of using an illegal chokehold on Eric Garner.” Speculation across the city is that police officers are angry over the firing of Daniel Pantaleo five years after Garner’s death and that they are carrying out a slowdown.
CBS reports that felony arrests are down by 11 percent and misdemeanor arrests have fallen by 17 percent compared to the average daily totals before Pantaleo’s firing. Police Commissioner James O’Neill said NYPD is also issuing 32 percent fewer traffic citations as well.
O’Neill did not say that the drop-offs are due to an intentional police slowdown, but he said the department is studying data on response times, radio backlogs, use of sick time and enforcement activities to determine the cause of the drop-off.
A Police Benevolent Association spokesperson had hinted at a slowdown after Pantaleo was fired. Organization president Patrick Lynch said both the commissioner and mayor should “resign or be fired.”
He said each officer should “make their own choice” about how to carry out their duties “in this new reality, in which they may be deemed ‘reckless’ just for doing their job.”
It’s important to note that the city has experienced a drop in arrest totals over the past five years as part of a reduction in crime. Before Pantaleo’s firing, NYC averaged 237 felony arrests per day in 2019, in addition to 373 misdemeanor arrests. Since the firing, those daily totals have dropped to 210 felony arrests and 311 misdemeanor arrests.
Those facing charges can contact a Queens criminal defense attorney experienced in protecting rights and freedom.