Report: Would-Be Chicago Cop Collects $500k in Disability for Last 15 Yrs After Jogging Injury on Day 10 of Training
- Post 19 July 2012
- By Copy Editor
(Erica Ritz | TheBlaze.com) -- The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Donald E. Barnes Jr. has collected roughly $500,000 in tax-free disability payments over the past fifteen years, after sustaining an injury during a “slow jog” at the Chicago Police training academy.
He had been in training for a mere ten days when the injury occurred, according to the report, and never actually served a day as a police officer.
The report relates that then-30-year-old Barnes had accomplished five blocks of the three-mile jog when he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with heat stroke and placed in intensive care due to kidney and liver failure.
The Sun-Times continues:
After Barnes used up his allotted year of sick leave, the city’s police pension board placed him on duty disability, citing lingering effects from heat stroke.
He is also entitled to free health insurance for his wife and their two kids, who were born after he went on disability leave.
Barnes, who uses a brace on his left foot and walks with a “slight limp,” according to pension records, collects his monthly disability checks even while working a second job.
But that’s not the most shocking aspect of the story. ... continues...