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Union Chief Blasts NYPD Settlement of Garner Suit

July 14, 2015  | 

The head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association on Monday night slammed the city’s record-breaking $5.9 million settlement with the family of police chokehold victim Eric Garner as "obscene" and "shameful."

"Where is the justice for New York taxpayers? Where is the consistency in the civil system?" Ed Mullins asked.

A jury would have awarded a lower dollar figure based on "neither politics nor emotion," he told the New York Post.

"In my view, the city has chosen to abandon its fiscal responsibility to all of its citizens and genuflect to the select few who curry favor with the city government," Mullins said.

"Mr. Garner’s family should not be rewarded simply because he repeatedly chose to break the law and resist arrest."

Comments (8)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/14/2015 3:44 PM

I wonder how much of that 5.9 million that Sharpton and his organized rioters got.

Claude Fields II @ 7/14/2015 6:16 PM

My Dear Brother Officer have you forgotten that this unfortunate loss of Life came about due to use of a tactic banned by NYPD ??
LEO's are Human and do make mistakes, we've all made them but this one cost another Human being their Life.
Your righteous indignation about the $5.9M won't change the facts and won't bring back Mr.Garner.
I wonder what your Family would think your Life was worth.
Final thought ,I wish for you and all lNYPD BlueBloods the thoughts my wife and Prayed everyday,to end your Tour Safely to come home to your Family.
We may differ in opinion but your still my Brothers and Sisters under theBadge.

Corporal James Barth @ 7/14/2015 6:24 PM

Amen Union President Mullins !!

Morning Eagle @ 7/15/2015 2:18 AM

The head of the SBA is absolutely correct as quoted above. It is ridiculous for the NY taxpayers to have to cough up nearly six million dollars to the family of a criminal. The other article says this settlement does not mean the city admits any liability. What kind of double speak is that?

drob @ 7/15/2015 7:04 AM

I thought I read that the autopsy revealed that cause of death was not attributed to what the media is calling an improperly applied choke hold (no damage to windpipe or hyoid bone), but rather insinuated that the cause of death had more to do with the decedent's poor physical condition and health, and the exertion used in resisting the officers.

BT @ 7/15/2015 8:32 AM

Dear Claude Fields,
There was no loss of life due to a "tactic banned by NYPD". The choke hold did not
kill Mr. Garner, in fact it lasted about 5 seconds. Watch the video! The hold was released
about 2 seconds after he went to the ground, and he was still arguing with with officers after
it was released. His unfortunate death was initiated by his decision to resist and fight with
police, his large physical stature, and the need for several officers to hold him down. I'm
sure there was no intent to kill him, but an unfortunate result of his resisting police. You do
not reward this by making his family "millionaires".

AJ @ 7/15/2015 10:27 AM

Precisely. Eric Garner would also be dead if he chose to run a wind sprint to the end of the block and back. His death was due to HIS resistance and the fact that his body could not handle physical exertion.

You know when you look at an exercise program and there is that warning about consulting with a Dr. before beginning the exercise program? Eric Garner would not have been cleared for strenuous physical activity yet, HE chose to resist. I'm a trained fighter, grappling is as strenuous as it gets.

So we should not arrest suspects in poor health? Don't worry, they will turn themselves in when they good and ready right?

Tone @ 7/24/2015 10:29 PM

The family deserve every penny due to them. If any of us was in the same predicament we wouldn't turn down $5.9 million. And that choke hold contributed to this man dying. Pay the family and move on..............

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