Despite video, ex-N.J. cop defends disability benefits
"It's an all-or-nothing system, which doesn't make sense," Christopher Onesti, who collects a tax-free pension of nearly $46,000 a year, told WNBC-TV in New York City. "You are either 100 percent capable of being a patrol officer or you aren't."
A doctor wrote on Onesti's disability application that the injury would impede his ability to fire a weapon and perform other police duties, such as restraining suspects.
On the video, posted on his Facebook page, Onesti can be seen firing an Austrian sniper rifle placed on the ground, pulling the trigger, and operating the bolt-action lever with his right hand.
Onesti, who lives outside Philadelphia, said he sought other jobs with the NJ Transit police, but couldn't get one and had no choice but to retire.