By Emily D. Breslow, Staff WriterThe Pensacolas Police Department has not paid the city of Pensacol for its own deaths.
A report released Wednesday by the City Council of Pensicola and the U.S. Justice Department details the department’s failure to pay for police officers’ medical expenses, which it says were covered by the department itself.
A lawsuit filed by the U,U.S., Justice Department against the city alleges that police officers were denied medical care while on duty, including the right to see a doctor and the right for a supervisor to determine how much medical care officers needed.
The lawsuit also alleges that the department failed to properly track how much time officers were in duty and when they left the department.
Pensacola police Chief David M. Rios resigned in December after a year in which the city spent millions of dollars on equipment and personnel upgrades, a city audit found.
The city paid more than $40,000 for two new police vehicles, two new patrol cars, six new tactical vehicles, and an additional $20,000 to hire new officers.