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June 22, 2009

Conn. mayor was warned about officer's poor health before his hiring

By Richard Weizel
Connecticut Post Online

STRATFORD, Conn. — When Stratford Police Officer Justin LoSchiavo crashed his patrol car into another vehicle on June 6, it provoked a chorus of questions about how a cop with a history of seizure disorders was hired in the first place.

Documents and interviews obtained by the Connecticut Post reveal:
• LoSchiavo, son of the city's recently retired deputy police chief, suffers from seizures, including one he had during another accident in 2004, before he was hired;
• A doctor evaluated LoSchiavo when he applied to the force in 2005 and found him unfit to serve as a police officer because of his medical condition. He was rejected for hiring at that time, despite a threat of a possible lawsuit from his father, then Police Lt. Joseph LoSchiavo, who was later named deputy chief;
• Joseph LoSchiavo later ordered another prehiring investigation, advising the investigator not to contact any doctors;
• Justin LoSchiavo's own doctor warned him not to "perform any activity which could cause serious injury" if he lost consciousness;
• Mayor James R. Miron disregarded warnings from then-Police Chief Michael Imbro and former Chief Administrative Officer Ben Branyan, hired LoSchiavo in June 2006 over their objections.

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