The New York police officer who delivered the chokehold that killed Eric Garner in 2014 is taking home more money since the controversial killing.
The New York Daily News reports Daniel Pantaleo has seen a sizable increase in his pay despite being assigned to desk duty since Garner was killed outside a Staten Island store. While Pantaleo was not charged in the case, he was placed on modified duty after Garner’s death, and has earned a reported $20,000 more since the incident.
Pantaleo earned $119,996 in fiscal year 2016. He also got a raise in 2015. That year, he made $105,061 with overtime. In 2014, he made $99,915 due to overtime and undercover assignments.
Garner’s daughter, Erica, has been a vocal critic of the city and its mayor, Bill de Blasio, over the handling of her father’s case and failures to release records surrounding the death.
Garner was killed during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. His death was caught on camera by a bystander. In the video, he’s heard telling police nearly a dozen times that he could not breathe before losing consciousness. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide. Chokeholds have been prohibited by the New York Police Department since 1993.
(H/T: The Grio)