A Fullerton police officer accused in the death of a homeless man will continue to receive his nearly $40,000 annual disability pension from the city of Los Angeles after his father made an emotional appeal to a city pension board.
The board responsible for overseeing fire and police pensions in Los Angeles voted Thursday against launching a review of Jay Cicinelli’s disability pension.
Cicinelli, 39, lost his left eye when he was shot while on duty as a rookie Los Angeles Police Department officer in 1996.
When officials told him they did not have a place in the department for a probationary officer with one eye, Cicinelli went to court in an attempt to keep his job, but eventually settled with the city and accepted retirement with a disability pension of 70% of his salary.
Despite his disability, Cicinelli was hired as an officer by the Fullerton Police Department, where he worked his way up from a reserve officer to a corporal earning $88,544 a year.
Cicinelli’s case came to the attention of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions staff over the summer when his name surfaced in news reports as one of six officers involved in a violent struggle with Kelly Thomas, 37, a homeless man with schizophrenia who died five days after the July 5 altercation at a bus depot in Fullerton.