A Torrington Police Department cruiser (WFSB photo)
TORRINGTON, Conn. --
Former police officer Jason Cooling has sued the city of Torrington, claiming the Police Department failed to appropriately accommodate his efforts and created a hostile, threatening work environment as he dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was a member of the Marine Corps reserves at the time; during his time in the military he
served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, which left him with "multiple physical and mental disabilities," including a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the suit claims.
In the complaint, Cooling alleges he was discriminated against in several ways as he sought to treat the after-effects of his time at war.
A decision to affix an American flag graphic to the side of freshly painted Laguna Beach police cars is dividing residents who are alternately praising the image as patriotic or panning it as too aggressive.
After hearing criticism from residents at recent council meetings, and acknowledging that the image they approved for the cars didn't quite match the final results, officials agreed to reconsider their February decision to paint the Laguna Beach Police Department's fleet of 11 squad cars. The City Council will take the issue up again at its Tuesday meeting.
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