Share This Page

Judge: State police justified in firing of Homestead trooper with grand mal seizures

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 5:27 p.m.

The Pennsylvania State Police had good reason to fire a Homestead man who was a probationary state trooper when he suffered a traumatic brain injury in July 2009 that left him with grand mal seizures, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Emmett Coleman, 34, was seeking reinstatement to the force, lost wages and damages. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Eddy dismissed his discrimination lawsuit, ruling that the agency thoroughly assessed his condition for more than a year before firing him in February 2011 for injuries from an off-duty car accident.

Coleman is physically capable of doing the job but the possibility of him having a seizure “while engaged in a critical function of the job, poses an unacceptably great risk of severe damage to himself, other troopers and the general public,” Eddy said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.