An unnamed Civilian Complaint Review Board employee who leaked the information of the policeman who killed the unnamerd Eric Garner in 2014 (an event which sparked nationwide outrage and protests) was forced to resign from his position. The employee's name and gender are being kept concealed.
According to New York Daily News, the employee had worked for the CCRB for less than a year and was faced with termination following the leaking of information about NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who put Garner in an unauthorized chokehold until he suffocated. The employee was not working on cases related to Pantaleo, but was discovered to had accessed his files.
“After a swift and thorough internal investigation, the Civilian Complaint Review Board identified the employee who was the source of the leak,” Jerika Richardson, senior adviser and secretary to the board said in a statement. “As of today, that individual no longer works at CCRB.”
The leaker had revealed a less than squeeky clean record on Pantaleo, who had seven complains and 14 allegations made against him prior to the murder of Garner. Four of those seven complaints were considered valid, but Pantaleo had only been docked two vacation days as punishment.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch plans on pursuing this situation further and is considering bringing charges against the employee: “The release of a police officer’s confidential personnel records is still a crime that should be thoroughly investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said.
“They’re going to fire a C.C.R.B. leaker before they will fire a man who killed an unarmed man on duty as a police officer,” said Cynthia Conti-Cook, a staff lawyer for Legal Aid, referring to Pantaleo, who remains on desk duty at the Police Department. “It’s pretty troubling.”
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