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Settlement for Officer's Lawsuit Available Soon

Agreement in Kaspereen case will be available under the Open Public Records Act, the borough attorney said.

A copy of a settlement agreement for a lawsuit that was filed against the borough and police chief by a former Madison police patrolman could be available soon, Madison borough attorney Matthew Giacobbe said Monday.

The attorneys who represented Madison in the lawsuit are expected to provide a copy of the settlement agreement later this week or early next week, Giacobbe said.

Once Madison has the copy, it can be requested under the Open Public Records Act, he said.

"Under OPRA, anyone in the public, members of the press, can file an OPRA request and will be able to get a copy of it, so I anticipate by the next meeting that will be available," Giacobbe said during Monday's Borough Council meeting.

The plaintiff in the case, retired Patrolman Anthony Kaspereen, claimed he suffered health problems due to a "punishment detail" he alleged he was given by the police chief over the summer in 2010. The assignment reportedly involved walking downtown Madison for nine hours at a time, and other officers being instructed not to assist him. The lawsuit says Kaspereen suffered dehydration and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the detail.

The borough denied in court documents that the assignment was given as punishment.

Giacobbe said officials will not be able to discuss the case because the agreement contains confidentiality clauses.

Anonymous July 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Two weeks ago, the settlement info was going to be available "later in the week." Now, it's some time next week, but only if the appropriate OPRA paperwork is filed. Why is the borough spending so much time and energy trying to hide this? Everyone wants the truth, or as much as can be divined from the settlement. Why not just post it Rosenet, send copies to all the local papers and be done with it? Remaining Questions - Any word from the county prosecutor on the status of his investigation? Has his investigators spoken to members of the MPD, borough administrators and members of the governing body? Will the community ever find out the whole truth?
Bill Kingston July 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I agree with Anonymous here. Council President Tsukamoto is always promoting "transparency" and has the Rosenet post all the Borough employee salaries and total pay to benefit the Council's agenda. Those too are available to the public via OPRA but she has them posted openly and without a formal request. How is this any different? Perhaps because this is a "negative" to the Borough? Fair is fair - post the settlement for all to see and stop the cherry picking on political "transparency"!
Honest July 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Scumbag officer who was already taking advantage of the system is now retiring at the age of 40 with full benefits and slapping on a law suit against the town. Rediculous, this is what is wrong with the govn't benefit system. How hot can it really be patrolling the night shift? give me a break.
TiredofMadisonPolitics July 24, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@Honest, While I am not on board in agreeing that this case has many merits, I must point out that you called Officer Kaspereen a "scumbag" without knowing all of the facts. Also, I find it humorous that you throw insults, but cannot spell the word "ridiculous" correctly. I don't know where you are located, but last week during the heat wave, it was well over 85 degrees at night. I think that certainly qualifies as hot during the "nighttime hours."
Capt. Dave July 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM
MADISON COUNCIL = SECRETS & LIES We want a New Chief of Police for Madison immediately! It's a disgrace that he is still working without any consequences!

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