Staten Island Advance
December 4, 2014

Eric Garner grand jury: PBA president says there are 'no winners' in decision

By Diane C. Lore | 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said "there are no winners" in the grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner.

"While we are pleased with the grand jury's decision, there are no winners here today," Lynch said, moments after word of the decision was handed down. 

"There was a loss of life that both a family and a police officer will always have to live with," he said.

But Lynch defended Pantaleo's actions on the day of Garner's death.

"It is clear that the officer's intention was to do nothing more than take Mr. Garner into custody as instructed, and that he used the take-down technique that he learned in the academy when Mr. Garner refused," Lynch said in a statement.

"No police officer starts a shift intending to take another human being's life, and we are all saddened by this tragedy," he said.


In the same PBA statement, Pantaleo said he never meant to harm Garner,  adding he feels "very bad about the death of Mr. Garner."

"I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can't protect themselves," Pantaleo said. "It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner.

"My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss."