Meet Michael, a police officer so tired he sometimes naps at work. A slight man in his late forties, Michael is sick with hepatitis C. Ten years ago, before the viral illness set in, he used to jog five miles a day. "Now, if I can walk around the block, I'm doing good," he says. And in addition to feeling nauseated, sleepy, and "all-around lousy," Michael is afraid. The fear of having his disease discovered and facing retribution from the department for speaking out is so great he insisted on using a pseudonym for this article. And he is also angry, because the police department is refusing to provide him with benefits he... More >>>
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Now retired detective John Croston: "I went before the board 39 times, and they denied me 39 times."