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Ex-Cop Gets $600K Settlement for 'Punishment Detail'

Payment includes $350,000 for 'physical injury and sickness' to a retired officer who claimed he suffered health problems due to assignment given by former Madison Police chief.

A retired Madison police officer who assigned in 2010 by the now-retired police chief has reached a $600,000 settlement with the borough, according to a copy of the agreement.

Officials have indicated that under Madison's legal insurance policy, the municipality is responsible for $50,000 of the settlement payments.

The total includes $350,000 for retired Officer Anthony Kaspereen's "physical injury and sickness," $200,000 for his attorney fees, costs and disbursements, and $50,000 for lost wages, according to a copy of the agreement provided Monday request filed last week. The copy of the agreement is attached to this article as a PDF.

The Borough of Madison and Police Chief John Trevena, who , were named as defendants in the case.

The agreement says the plaintiffs agreed to release federal anti-discrimination and civil rights laws claims, and loss of companionship claims by Kaspereen's wife, Jennifer.

Madison had claimed Kaspereen was overpaid by $34,980 at the time of his retirement, and released that claim.

The parties also agreed Kaspereen would not seek any other payments, or reinstatement to the Madison Police Department.

The lawsuit claimed the "punishment detail" involved patroling downtown Madison by foot for nine hours at a time in the summer heat, and that it caused him to suffer dehydration and post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to a transcript of a deposition given in the case, PBA President Anthony Maccario, a Madison police patrolman, said the chief's alleged orders for Kaspereen's assignment particularly that Kaspereen was not to respond to calls or receive assistance at a time when , which Maccario agreed with Kaspereen's attorney, Kevin E. Barber, was dangerous.

There is no admission of wrongdoing or liability, and the parties settled "solely for the purpose of amicably resolving any and all matters in controversy or dispute, and to avoid the further expenditure of attorneys fees and other costs that would result from continued and protracted litigation," the agreement says.

The parties agreed to keep the terms of settlement confidential, but acknowledged they might be a public record under state law. If contacted by media, Madison officials may say, "The case has been resolved," or, "the parties have not admitted to any liability or to any wrongdoing or to any violations of law or statute or rule or regulation, and that the basis for settlement is to avoid protracted litigation and attorneys fees."

Borough Administrator Ray Codey has said under its legal insurance policy Madison is responsible for $50,000 of the settlement payments, that is, 20 percent of payments up to the first $250,000. Madison also has a $20,000 deductible for legal defense fees.

Anonymous August 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Don't quit your day job, you'll never make it as a psychologist. Note - I would have added "LOL," but I'm not a teenage girl.
Patrick Franklin August 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Anonymous is probably short for overeaters anonymous. During the good ol Clinton era your ex was fine with dating an over weight lady. When Bush took office, seeing the country run into the ground and coming home to a tubby GF was too much to bear. So he fixed what was under his control and cut you loose. That's when you're hatred for the Dems started. There's got to be a Republican out there who's willing to take one for the team, overeaters need love too.
Anonymous August 11, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Another swing and a miss. Time to cross off "Comedian" from the list of career choices. "Armchair Historian" is also a no-go. Feel free to continue to flail away, however.
Robert McDowell August 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
We could have saved the money if we had a more professional chief. Power corrupts.
Anonymous August 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Still waiting for you to elaborate on your provocative statement from earlier in the week, "we continue to look at the fleas on the elephants back while the real issues continue to be ignored." What are the "elephants"?

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