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Town to Appeal Officer Reinstatement Ruling

Town officials plan to appeal to the state Appellate Court a ruling that ordered to reinstate police officer Justin LoSchiavo, who was fired after allegedly violating police department policy.

The town of Stratford plans to appeal a Superior Court judge's ruling to reinstate a police officer who suffered a seizure while on duty on June 6, 2009.

"The public’s safety and the integrity of our police department are too important to allow the decision to stand without seeking consideration of the appellate court, so that’s where the issue will be headed next," Mayor John A. Harkins said in a statement Tuesday after the ruling.

Two years ago, Justin LoSchiavo suffered a seizure while driving his patrol car, causing the front of his vehicle to crash into the rear of a parked car at a Stratford intersection, according to the CT Post.

The Post article said that before LoSchiavo was hired in 2006, a screening officer noted a history of seizures with the applicant, but when LoSchiavo went to a town-recommended neurologist after the 2009 crash he did not disclose that history to the doctor, which is a violation of police department policy and resulted in the firing of LoSchiavo.

"As everyone connected with this case seems to agree, Justin’s admission that he both lied to and misled the town’s doctor is more than a little problematic," Harkins said. "Now that there is a record of his dishonesty, his ability to serve in law enforcement has been compromised."

Jezebel282 November 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM
ROTFLMAO! "Inconsistency"? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What about appointing Joseph Loschiavo to Deputy Chief? You did that, remember? Hey wait a minute...wasn't his wife in the Town's HR department? And, hold on, I almost forgot, he is Justin Lochiavo's FATHER is he? Didn't that strike you as, oh, I don't know, wrong? To sum up, it was OK to appoint a lieutenant to Deputy Chief, but somehow appointing a Captain of Patrol to Deputy Chief is wrong?
Salvatore November 29, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Hey, has anyone heard this rumor. I hear 2 Stratford Officers are involved with some sort of Stolen Car. I hear Stratford Officers were knowingly driving around in a stolen Lexus that the insurance company had already paid off on, does anyone know if this is true? Is this insurance fraud??
Rich B. August 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
This was already discussed with Federal marshals from USMS and the head of New England Drug Enforcement Administration. As Chief Ridenhour was advised..This vehicle incident was a federal clerical mishap dealt with by the proper agency. The bashing og Pinto and Jennings is once again at the hands of Dc Joe MCDEAL and Mayor Harkins. Just call DEA BPT. They have the transcripts.
Rich B. August 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Lets worry about deputy police chief mcdeals current resignation pension of 175k per year and his new DC contract of 90k plus a year. Lets not ignore his nepatism towards his dfunk detective brother whom we are sure will get a padded pension soon prior to a liver transplant. Just watch the pay rate in the detective bueau over the next 3 years voters. DCMcDeal and Harkins caused your tax increase....
Rich B. August 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Just what we expected. a hush of wonder and the question... is this the truth??

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