NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The officer seen on cell phone video putting a Staten Island man in a choke hold has been placed on modified assignment by the NYPD pending further investigation after the man died while in police custody.
Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo has been stripped of his gun and shield as the NYPD continues to investigate the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, CBS 2’s Matt Kozar reported.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile, Accused Of Throwing Bleach And Molotov Cocktail At NYPD, Facing Federal Charges
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch called the decision a “completely unwarranted, kneejerk reaction for political reasons and nothing more.”
Lynch added that the move denies Pantaleo “the very benefit of a doubt that has long been part of the social contract that allows police officers to face the risks of this difficult and complex job.”
Another officer involved in the take down was placed on desk duty, Kozar reported.