After a three-year, $35 million retraining program, New York Police Department faces many fewer complaints about the use of chokeholds, but the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board has substantiated significantly more complaints than it did before the 2014 death of Eric Garner, The New York Times reports.
Records of complaints show the banned holds are still being used by some officers, and only a tiny fraction of officers accused of chokeholds have been found guilty and have faced discipline. When they do, the punishment meted out has been remedial training and the loss of vacation time. None have been fired. The department’s record in stopping the use of chokeholds is likely to come under increased scrutiny when Daniel Pantaleo, the officer accused of choking Garner, faces a departmental trial scheduled to start on Monday. He could be fired if he is found guilty.