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NYPD commish rips police union president for saying, ‘The job is dead’

2019-08-25

Police Commissioner James O’Neill (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

The city’s top cop Sunday lashed out at the president of the city’s largest police union, calling his sharp criticism “irresponsible” in the wake of the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“Saying the job is dead is irresponsible. What Patty needs not to do is to shake the confidence in the cops who do this job every day,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told WABC’s Bill Ritter about Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.

Pat Lynch speaks at a NYPD PBA press conference regarding Daniel Pantaleo early August.
Pat Lynch speaks at a NYPD PBA press conference regarding Daniel Pantaleo early August. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)

"He probably doesn't truly believe that, but as a union president, I'm not sure why he's taking this tack."

During a fiery news conference last week following Pantaleo’s firing, Lynch asserted cops were now “frozen” and “rudderless."

Pantaleo was fired by O’Neill last Monday following the recommendation of an NYPD judge.

Lynch even hinted at a work slow down, and called for a vote of “no confidence” in Mayor Bill de Blasio and O’Neill for urging cops to use “the utmost caution” and to call for supervisors when making an arrest.

O’Neill said he still respects Lynch despite the union boss’ sharp criticism. But he said he’s also certain NYPD cops will never shy away from running toward danger.

“No matter what happens, people are still calling 911, 311. People are still flagging us down,” O’Neill said. “I have all the confidence in the world in the police officers of New York City and the NYPD and the great job they do each day.”