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New law lifts secrecy from former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo's complaint file

Daniel Pantaleo and Eric Garner
Posted at 3:00 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 15:53:01-04

NEW YORK — After years of secrecy, a leak and a recent change in state law, New York City’s police watchdog on Monday disclosed the complaint history for the police officer fired for the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Records showing former Officer Daniel Pantaleo was the subject of seven complaints to the Civilian Complaint Review Board before Garner’s death were provided in response to a request under a new state law making police disciplinary files public.

The CCRB substantiated two of the complaints against Pantaleo. He was ordered to receive additional training after a December 2011 vehicle stop and search and Pantaleo was docked two vacation days for a June 2012 stop and frisk incident.

There were unsubstantiated claims of physical force before Garner's 2014 death.

Pantaleo’s newly public complaint history mirrors one leaked to the now-defunct website Think Progress in 2017 amid a legal dispute over whether they could be made public.

At the time, state law shielded police personnel files from disclosure. A review board investigator identified as the leaker resigned.