NYPD Chief Terence Monahan admitted cops are making fewer arrests for minor crimes in the wake of Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s firing — but the top cop said he had “no fear” that an NYPD cop would allow anyone to get hurt.
“We’ve seen a decrease in the number of arrests, mainly misdemeanor arrests, arrests police officers have discretion [in] and we encourage discretion for police officers to make those arrests,” Monahan said in a press conference in police headquarters — adding that when it comes to violent crimes, “officers are doing their jobs.”
“They are upset,” he said of cops. “I know they are upset, but they are doing their job as well as they’ve ever done.”
Since Pantaleo’s firing, the Police Benevolent Association rank-and-file union has instructed members to “proceed with the utmost caution” when answering calls.
Police sources told The Post earlier this week the dropoff in arrests — referred to as “the Pantaleo Effect” — was a message to the police commissioner over his handling of Pantaleo’s discipline in the death of Eric Garner.
As Monahan addressed reporters Wednesday afternoon, the PBA argued Police Commissioner James O’Neill “abandoned the ideals and values of New York City police officers” in a vote of no confidence in the commish and mayor.
PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said, “O’Neill has cravenly acquiesced to the mayor and his anti-cop allies.”