Los Alamos cop sues over stay in mental hospital

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:30 pm | Updated: 12:15 am, Thu Jan 16, 2014.

Brian Schamber is a Los Alamos police officer who suffers from bipolar disorder. Last December, his commanders forced him to go to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., where he involuntarily stayed for 10 days before he was released and cleared for active duty as a police officer by a police-contracted psychiatrist.

In the seven months since his release, Schamber has returned to work, though he has been working from home, doing work that doesn’t require him to carry a gun. Today, both Schamber and the Los Alamos Police Department agree that Schamber is fit to be back on regular duty — gun and all.

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  • Henry Bowman posted at 12:32 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Henry Bowman Posts: 17

    Certainly sounds as though Mr. Schamber is very badly affected by certain drugs. Psychiatrists pass out drugs constantly; sometimes there is quite of bit of harm done, depending upon the patient.

  • mark mocha posted at 12:31 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    Yeah, give the guy a paycheck instead of the lawers. You can them on the head with a metal bat. We make these laws with no wiggle room not realizing that in the real world there are exceptions to everything. Think LA and the three strikes law when they were gonna put a guy in prison for the rest of his life for stealing a slice of pizza. A little common sense ...... which is in short supply at the Justice Dept.... and apparently at the Los Alamos Police Dept.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:43 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 878

    Rather than paying lawyers, retire the officer at a salary that's equal to his working salary. It would be cheaper in the long run.

  • henry griswold posted at 9:09 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    guess i'll stay out of L A!


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