Hartford Policeman Seeks PTSD Compensation re Killing Nash Chimp
Stamford police Frank Chiafari, was in Hartford to testify with regard to his shooting of a crazed chimp last year after its attack on Charla Nash.
In his first public appearance since the attack, Chiafari testified in front of the state Labor and Public Employees Committee. He argued for Workman’s Compensation in cases regarding the use of deadly force on animals. State law currently allows for compensation for emotional stress regarding humans, but not animals.
Within 24 hours of the shooting, Chiafari began suffering post-traumatic distress order. Chiafari said in the New Hampshire register, “It was a depression beyond depression, you can’t even really put it into words.”
Chiafari sought help from professional therapists, but the state denied Workman’s Compensation for the treatment because state law only applies to police shootings of people. After 3 months, the city of Stamford agreed to cover his medical bills, but the current law remains intact.
The lack of sympathy for Chiafari is beginning to make its way onto Facebook pages as well as in comments regarding the incident.