12/05/14 08:23 PM—Updated 12/05/14 09:19 PM
By Trymaine Lee
New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, whose chokehold killed Eric Garner on Staten Island in July, has been sued by residents claiming various abuses in at least three separate cases.
In one of those cases, Pantaleo is accused of falsely arresting and humiliating two men, who say Pantaleo searched them illegally, forced them to pull their pants and underwear down in public, squat and cough.
The City of New York settled that claim for $30,000 – $15,000 for each party involved.
A grand jury earlier this week announced that it would not be indicting Pantaleo in Garner’s death, despite the outcry from community groups who say the NYPD has systematically targeted black and Hispanic men for harassment.
The payout amount in the earlier Pantaleo case is hardly unusual for New York City, where claims against members of New York’s finest have swelled by 31% over the past five years. In that time, the city has paid out nearly a half-billion dollars in claims.
What's wrong with this picture? I honestly don't know why police management and the political bigwigs are not cooling their heels in prison.
This is beyond insane.