NYC Policemen’s Benevolent Association needs to STFU and stop killing people

December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Good morning:

As thousands of people demonstrated in Washington DC, New York, Boston and other cities across the country yesterday against an epidemic of homicides in which police officers have killed unarmed black citizens, the New York City police officers union kicked off a campaign to prevent Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from attending police funerals.

WTF, you ask?

Patrick Lynch, the head of the NYPD Police Officers Benevolent Association, wants everyone to know that he is really really upset about their lack of support for Officer Pantaleo, the cop who killed Eric Garner with a choke hold. Never mind that Eric Garner was unarmed and had just broken up a fight by separating the combatants. He had to be stopped from selling single cigarettes, or loosies as they are called, don’cha know, because respect for the rule of law would cease to exist if they didn’t, and the terrorists would take over Staten Island and start beheading people. They have to be stopped over there so they don’t kill us over here, or some such nonsense.

Reuters reports that,

The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association posted a form on its website, for members to sign, that requests that de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito keep away from funeral services should an officer die in the line of duty.

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The form, entitled “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice”, accused the pair of “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve.”

Meanwhile Mayor deBlasio, who is married to a black woman, is more concerned about the survival and safety of their son than placating whining cops with sweet political nothings praising the incompetent grand jury decision not to indict Pantaleo and declaring that it’s time to move on. He didn’t have time for that bullshit. He had to have the talk that no parent wants to have.

He had to warn his biracial son to be wary of racist cops with guns and bad attitudes or he might end up as yet another name on a long list of innocent unarmed victims murdered by police.

Here’s Reuters again,

In response, de Blasio and Mark-Viverito released a joint statement saying the union’s campaign was divisive.

“Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics,” local media quoted them as saying in the statement.

Good for them.

I think the NYPD Police Officers Benevolent Association and its members need to STFU and stop killing people.


Grand Jury fails to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner

December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Good evening:

Despite a video showing NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner to death as he complained 11 times that he could not breathe, a grand jury refused to indict him for murder in yet another gross miscarriage of justice.

Kelly Thomas, Part 2.

This outrage is not acceptable. Our criminal justice system is irretrievably broken.

I am disgusted.

Your thoughts?


NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be charged with second degree manslaughter for killing Eric Garner

July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Good morning:

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be charged with second degree manslaughter for killing Eric Garner. If convicted, he could be sentenced to sentenced to serve up to 15 years in prison.

Section 125.15 of the New York Penal Code defines second degree manslaughter:

A person commits second-degree manslaughter when he or she (a) recklessly causes the death of another person; (b) commits an unjustified abortional act upon a female which causes her death; or (c) commits assisted suicide.

Section 15.05(3) of the New York Penal Code defines recklessness:

A person acts recklessly with respect to a result or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense when he is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such result will occur or that such circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard thereof constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation. A person who creates such a risk but is unaware thereof solely by reason of voluntary intoxication also acts recklessly with respect thereto.

The New York Daily News is reporting today that the NYPD ban on the use of choke holds is unambiguous.

The rule couldn’t be clearer.

“Members of the NYPD will NOT use chokeholds,” the NYPD patrol guide clearly states. “A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe which may prevent or hinder breathing to reduce intakes of air.”After several people were asphyxiated while in police custody, the NYPD forbade the use of chokeholds in 1983, stating it could only be used when an officer’s life was in danger. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly banned the use of chokeholds all together in 1993.

The New York Daily News yesterday identified NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo as the cop who placed Eric Garner in the choke hold.

Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran, was placed on modified duty Saturday as cops and the Staten Island district attorney investigated the case.

Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and his shield and assigned to work desk duty. The police union immediately denounced the move as “knee-jerk” and “completely unwarranted.”

But detectives arrived at his Staten Island home Saturday afternoon, leaving about 25 minutes later with one box and three bags taken from the residence.

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Officer Justin Damico, on the force four years, was also pulled off the street — but he was not forced to turn in his badge or his weapon.

Manslaughter in the second degree is a class C felony which carries a minimum sentence 1 to 3 years in prison and a maximum period of incarceration of 5 to 15 years.

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