New York Daily News

January 12, 2015, 11:21 PM

  

 

Pat Lynch says report on officers’ unnecessary use of chokeholds displays 'anti-police bias'

 

The police union chief said the chokehold report released by Inspector General Philip Eure is biased against cops. The report found that cops received little to no punishment, even when using a chokehold after a mere verbal confrontation.

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA

JOHN ROCA FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PBA president Pat Lynch said the chokehold report displays dysfunction and anti-police bias.

A police union chief responded to a report on officers’ unnecessary use of chokeholds by charging that the body that reviews such incidents is biased against cops.

Inspector General Philip Eure examined 10 cases where the Civilian Complaint Review Board substantiated allegations that NYPD officers used the banned maneuver. It found that cops received little to no punishment, even when using a chokehold after a mere verbal confrontation.

“If anything, the report reveals the dysfunction and anti-police bias that is rampant in the investigations conducted by the CCRB,” Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, retorted Monday.

He stressed that surrounding circumstances are crucial “in understanding what occurs during fluid and often dangerous street encounters.”

Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday the department will embrace the report’s recommendations for increased cooperation between the NYPD and the CCRB and more transparency when meting out discipline.

Lynch said the PBA welcomes more training for officers.

The first report by the new IG, a unit of the Department of Investigation that is independent of the NYPD, focused on the maneuver that killed Eric Garner last July, a case that resulted in no criminal charges - or other punishment so far - against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who employed the fatal chokehold.

Lynch had previously referred to him as “the model of what we want a police officer to be.”