Pulse nightclub shooting hero loss of job, with a view to pension cut
Cpl. Omar Delgado explains on ‘Fox & Friends.’
The police officer who was one of the first responders on the Pulse of the nightclub massacre in Florida is let go, because he told a woman during a traffic stop that he was “emotionally disturbed,” officials say that, in spite of his claims that only his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Orlando-area officials on Thursday pushed back on a number of Kpl. Omar Delgado’s claims, including what kind of pay and benefits he would receive for the future.
“There was a complaint filed, as a result of that complaint,… all these events have now come to a conclusion that we need to end the relationship with Kpl. Delgado administrative, but not in our hearts,” Eatonville Police Deputy Chief Joseph Jenkins said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“We have embraced him from the moment he left the building of the Pulse in 2016,” Jenkins added. “Unfortunately, it’s just come to a point that we are at the end on the labor market.”
The 45-year-old officer said earlier in the week that his last day would be Dec. 31. Had he been allowed on the force for six months, he said, he would have been able to collect 64 percent of his salary, plus benefits, for life.
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Eatonville Mayor Eddie Cole said Thursday, however, that Delgado is immediately eligible for 42 per cent of his salary and benefits for life.
Delgado was one of the first police officers on the scene June 12, 2016, after a gunman stormed into the nightclub and killed 49 people and left 68 people injured. He was praised for helping to save the life of Angel Colon, who had been shot multiple times.
The most recent performance evaluation in his personnel file, written by Lt. Eric McIntyre, said Delgado’s answer to the Wrist shoot “is commendable and deserves recognition far beyond this evaluation,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. “The board looks forward to more of your ideas and work ethic.”
Delgado now suffers from PTSD. A few months after the shooting, he returned to his patrol job, but soon had to stop because the memories of the bloody night club scene and pursued him.
That piece of the patrol of the duty has led to the citizen complaint.
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An Eatonville Police internal investigation concluded that Delgado told a woman he pulled over on a traffic stop not to look at him and “rude and arrogant lack of respect” toward her, according to the newspaper.
A video made by the wife of the brother, who was riding in the car when the incident occurred, also showed Delgado tells the woman that he was “emotionally disturbed,” the newspaper added.
The Eatonville investigation concluded that Delgado had shown “inappropriate behavior of an officer,” a charge he made an appeal on Oct. 30, saying his PTSD was to blame for his behavior.
“Cpl. Delgado strongly believes that he was not ready to be put back on the road by his doctor’s recommendation of continued light-duty,” Delgado wrote in a letter to Jenkins. “By Cpl. Delgado is released on the active road duty, and not [that] the medical [stabilized] with the medicine at the time of the incident, Kpl. Delgado feels that the discipline of the Behaviour is Inappropriate and undeserved.”
For the last eight months, Delgado has worked a desk job.
His lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel that the investigation never should have happened because Delgado did nothing wrong.
“They are trying to get rid of him and try to get rid of him for the cause,” said lawyer Paolo Longo.