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Despite being arrested for domestic violence and placed on desk duty, a New Jersey police officer has been paid $6,200 in overtime.
Patrick Papagni, a lieutenant with the Paterson Police Department, was given desk duty in October. He had been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon because he allegedly pointed his gun at his girlfriend and dragged her out of her house.
Papagni had made $6,173.38 in overtime, as well as $1,619.22 for working night shifts by Jan. 15.
The case against the lieutenant is still under investigation and no charges have yet gone to a jury.
It currently isn’t clear why Papagni was allowed to keep working and remain on the payroll despite the charges against him. It’s been reported that other officers in the department who had faced criminal charges were suspended. This includes officers who were accused of possession of child pornography and another was charged with official misconduct.
Prior to being placed on desk duty, Papagni was a surpervisor who handled special police events and extra duty assignments. He supposedly still has the position.