NYPD sergeant says he was punished for his 9/11-related illnesses

NYPD Sergeant Cyress Smith is filing a lawsuit against his employers, claiming that the NYPD sent him to a disciplinary unit and withheld overtime from him for attending doctors’ appointments for his World Trade Center-related illness.

Sgt. Smith, 52, suffers from World Trade Center cough, asthma and sleep apnea from his work at Fresh Kills Landfill after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. His illnesses forced him into light duty four years ago, but then he was sent to the VIPER Unit, in which officers are disciplined by watching surveillance footage all day.

Smith is suing for emotional damage, and loss of overtime, reports Julia Marsh for the NY Post.

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