NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bowing to community pressure, the NYPD has enacted new rules to crack down on overtime pay for officers who a
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the controversy grew out of the Eric Garner chokehold case.
It was revealed this week that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who lost his gun and badge and was put on modified duty after putting Garner in a chokehold, has been hauling in huge amounts of overtime pay even though he is on desk duty.
“If this were someone else – if he were not a police officer – this would not be happening,” said Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr.
Pantaleo collected nearly $120,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 – over $23,000 of it in overtime pay.
“We want this to stop,” Carr said.
But Pantaleo is not the only officer on modified duty. A total of 250 officers have had their guns and badges taken away, some because of the ongoing police corruption scandal.
Because of that, the NYPD decided late Thursday to change its policy.
“The Police Commissioner believes that officers on modified assignment should not be making overtime except in those cases that are essential for the department to carry out its mission,” said J. Peter Donald, a spokesman for police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
The department said in the future, overtime payments to officers on desk duty will be approved on a case-by-case basis, and “all current officers on modified duty will be reviewed to determine if they should remain eligible for overtime.”
Officials said a new policy is being developed, but that is something that will be dealt with by incoming police Commissioner James O’Neill.
Friday is Bratton’s last day on the job.