Five South Park police officers said they were shorted on disability payments and are taking their fight to court.
“They can put their lives and careers on the line every day for the township, and their employer says, 'By the way, we screwed up their pay and we're not going to do anything about it,'" said attorney Scott Lautner.
For more than a year, the police officers said they’ve been fighting to get reimbursed $25,000 combined for disability pay.
“South Park went to the officers and said, ‘We owe you this amount of money,’ but when the officers said ‘When can we expect that?’ The answer, 'We're not giving it to you.' Makes no sense," said Lautner.
Lautner said he is working pro bono to help the officers, as the case is now headed to arbitration with a police union attorney.
“We believe the officers are absolutely entitled to 100 percent of their benefits,” said Anthony DeLuca, the police union attorney.
Channel 11 asked the township manager why the officers were not reimbursed. Reporter Jodine Costanzo was told “no comment” because the case in arbitration.
“They are going to cost the taxpayers of South Park more money to litigate and arbitrate the case when you have officers who just want their money,” said Lautner.