Newtown must pay long-term disability to cop after massacre

- FILE - Police officers carrying a sign on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook masscre (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer who developed anxiety and depression after responding to the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Forty-year-old Thomas Bean has been out on disability with post-traumatic stress disorder and hasn’t worked since the massacre, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1cQ7ujx) reports the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruled Monday the police contract requires the town to pay Bean half his salary until retirement, an amount that will total more than $380,000. Newtown’s insurance company is paying 50 percent of his salary through June.

Newtown’s police chief had recommended firing Bean when he could not return to work but later withdrew the proposal.

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This story has been corrected to show Bean is 40, not 38, and that ruling was issued Monday.
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