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NYPD to change overtime policy after review of officer in Eric Garner case

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NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza.  Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Francesco Dazzi
NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Francesco Dazzi

A review of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo’s overtime pay is leading to department-wide policy changes.

Pantaleo, known for putting Eric Garner in a chokehold before he died, made about $120K last year, according to a review of payroll records.

Pantaleo was cleared of criminal charges in the case, when a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict him in December 2014.

However, he has been on modified duty since the deadly incident and has since been stripped of his gun and badge, as other investigations into Garner’s July 2014 death are still pending.

Politico reports that Pantaleo received $23,220 in overtime and $12,853 in other unspecified pay, pushing his income past the $100,000 mark in fiscal year 2016. Before Garner’s death, Pantaleo made less than 6-figures.

The report indicates that the first year he was on desk duty, in 2015, Pantaleo made $105,061.

According to the NY Post– as a result of this payroll report on Pantaleo– the NYPD will review overtime payments disbursed to officers placed on modified assignments.

Incoming Police Commissioner James O’Neill told Politico: “We’ve identified a policy deficiency… so we have to go back and take a look at what our policies are going to be for modified officers.”

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