Monday, February 12, 2018

Veteran- Police Officer lost job because of PTSD

Ex-JPD lieutenant sues city for not accommodating his PTSD claim
Clarion Ledger
Jimmie E Gates
February 12, 2018
Post traumatic stress affects hundreds of thousands of veterans, 813,277 of whom have received disability compensation from the World War II era through 2015, according to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. 

A former Jackson Police Department patrol lieutenant has filed a federal lawsuit against the city after he said the department wouldn't accommodate his post- traumatic stress disorder claim.

Lance Felton, a 21-year veteran of JPD, said he suffered from PTSD after he was part of an officer-involved shooting an April 2014 while attempting to arrest an armed robbery/aggravated assault suspect in Precinct 1. Felton was placed on administrative leave with pay until the outcome of an internal investigation, which is customary for an officer-involved shooting.

The internal investigation cleared him of any violations, Felton said.

The Clarion Ledger is awaiting a response from Jackson officials to the lawsuit. The lawsuit is filed against the city, former Chief Lee Vance, assistant Chief James Davis and Cmdr. Thaddeus Jones.

Vance couldn't be reached for comment.

Felton said JPD violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not allowing him to return to work nor providing accommodations for him after discovering he suffered from PTSD.
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