A Crime Against Society
Before we let his subject drift into the vague pastures of public memory, let’s join Mark Patinkin in shaking our heads at the tale of the neighbor-killer who retired in his twenties after six months of public service:
You no doubt saw that Nicholas Gianquitti, 41, now serving 40 years for murdering Cranston fire lieutenant James Pagano, will keep receiving his $3,841.50 monthly pension. The check will arrive at his home, for his family’s use. The reason? His crime wasn’t related to his police conduct.
That may seem astonishing, but to me it’s more astonishing that he got such a lifelong pension in the first place.
Here is a man who began as a patrolman in July 1991, and only six months later, fractured his left kneecap when he fell chasing two suspects in a parking lot. For that, he got a lifelong pension at two-thirds his salary — tax-free because it is for disability.
It is not the only such pension, and it makes me wonder: What planet is the Retirement Board living on?
In a healthy society, this story would have representatives and bureaucrats glancing out the window all day out of fear that the masses might be coming to remove them from bodily office. Instead, we can only wonder who won the office-lounge dispute over whether Gianquitti was an inevitable outlier in an otherwise honorable system or he represents everything that’s great about promoting the government as an employer.