The Killer’s Livelihood
It may be an insignificant detail in the context of the suburban birthday party shooting, but this bit of information about the alleged killer relates to a major topic of conversation on any given Anchor Rising day:
Nicholas Gianquitti became a Providence police officer in July 1991. He lasted just six months.
On Jan. 27, 1992, he fractured one of his knees while chasing a suspect off North Main Street. A year later, he was granted an accidental disability pension. …
Gianquitti has been receiving a monthly accidental disability pension of $3,481, said Providence pension administrator Octavio Cunha. Gianquitti’s neighbors noticed he was often at home.
That’s just about $42,000 per year (plus medical, perhaps), which as I recall is within a few thousand of the median household income for a Rhode Island family of four.
Look, police officers have a dangerous job, and we most definitely want them to have the security of knowing that a serious injury on the job won’t have the consequence of turning their public service into a life sentence of squallor. But a lifelong vacation for a hurt knee?
A promise of security is not too much to ask, but when getting hurt becomes akin to winning the lottery, a line has been crossed.