Disabled Chicago cop cut off after safari findings surface

Officer had claimed an injury made it impossible for him to safely fire a handgun

By Chris Fusco and Tim Novak
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago's police pension board suspended the disability benefits Thursday of a police officer who, after going on disability because of an injury he said made it impossible for him to safely fire a handgun, has shot and killed several animals while on safari.

The eight-member board stopped short, though, of permanently revoking the disability benefits of Charles T. Siedlecki, citing a snafu in notifying him of Thursday's "duty-disability status review."

The board took up Siedlecki's case as the result of a Chicago Sun-Times investigation of disability payments to police officers and firefighters in Chicago. Siedlecki, who now works as a lawyer and a funeral home director, was among officers cited in the "Disability Pays" series who are collecting disability checks while working other jobs.

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