LAKEMOOR, Ailing. (TOC) — An officer who witnessed the taking pictures demise of a suspect is suing the village that employed her, claiming she was fired due to her PTSD.
Brianna Tedesco grew up desirous to be a police officer. She labored for the small division in north suburban Lakemoor for about two years.
The division honored her as a hero in 2019, however then a 12 months later, they fired her. Now she’s suing to attempt to get her job again.
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On July 26, 2018, Officer Tedesco was trying out a suspicious automotive parked in a golf course driveway. Police say the driving force within the automotive gave Officer Tedesco a faux ID.
Inside seconds, the officer struggles with the suspect till her associate arrives on the scene.
As police say the suspect reached for a second gun within the automotive, her associate fired his weapon, killing the suspect.
Officer Tedesco mentioned she later discovered the person within the automotive was Kenneth Martell, who was wished for homicide in Pennsylvania.
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Within the aftermath, the small city of Lakemoor honored Officer Tedesco as a hero. However on the similar time, she mentioned she was seeing a therapist and coping with post-traumatic stress dysfunction from the incident.
“I started to really feel all over the place I went there was somebody ready to kill me, basically,” Tedesco mentioned.
She acquired a pile of letters and thanks notes from folks in the neighborhood, nevertheless it wore on her. At her therapist’s suggestion, the division put Tedesco on gentle obligation. Lower than a 12 months later, Tedesco discovered herself out of a job.
“The village propped her up as the best instance of a police officer and what an exquisite act of bravery one in every of their staff did,” mentioned her legal professional, Dan Herbert. “Then a 12 months later, they hearth her. It was all lip service.”
In keeping with the criticism, “the Village [of Lakemoor] beforehand informed the EEOC that Plaintiff was terminated as a result of ‘she might now not carry out the important operate of the patrol officer place.'”
Tedesco is married to a fellow officer and comes from a legislation enforcement household. She mentioned she was residing her dream till the division let her go.
She has filed swimsuit in opposition to the village and the police chief alleging they fired her for having PTSD, a violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
“My dream was lower quick,” Tedesco mentioned. “It was devastating to have been fired.”
Lakemoor Village Administrator Todd Weihofen mentioned he is conscious of the lawsuit, however can’t touch upon pending litigation.
In a earlier submitting, nonetheless, the village argued Tedesco shouldn’t be thought-about disabled and shouldn’t be protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
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