A $2 million settlement has been reached to resolve the wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Utica stemming from police Investigator Joseph Longo's murder of his wife in 2009. . . .Mr. Longo's actions left his 4 children motherless, fatherless, and without a means of support. This is a real tragedy. One's heart cannot help but to go out to the innocent victims, the children.
The lawsuit stems from Longo's killing of his wife, Kristin Palumbo-Longo, before he stabbed himself to death Sept. 28, 2009, inside their Deerfield home on Cosby Manor Road.
But now the Taxpayers of the City of Utica are somehow on the hook for $2 Million. That's over $30 for each resident, over $100 for each family. How did this happen? What did UPD do wrong? UPD took Inv. Longo's guns. . . . UPD confined him to a desk job . . . UPD insisted on counseling . . . But the Longo family insists that UPD did "not do everything it could." But what more could UPD have been done? What more was UPD obliged to do?
The article speaks of cronyism . . . but that's nothing new . . . or unusual in any government agency. How did cronyism cause these deaths?
The article suggests that UPD could have done an internal investigation regarding allegations of officer-involved domestic violence . . . But what would have been the outcome? How would that prevent what happened?
The article suggests a "fitness-for-duty psychiatric evaluation" . . . But how would that have changed things? Assuming that Mr. Longo was unfit for duty, what would have been the result? Discharge from his job? How would that have helped the marital maelstrom seemingly at the center of this sad story?
Somehow the UPD is the target of the suit. But the UPD was merely Mr. Longo's employer. The crime occurred in Deerfield. UPD has no jurisdiction in Deerfield. Other police agencies cover Deerfield. If someone feels that he or she is in danger from another person, and no satisfaction is obtained from the other person's employer, should not he or she have taken other measures of self-protection?
When does the Taxpayer become responsible for the criminal acts of another person?
Perhaps the Mayor is right to have settled this suit. With four innocent children, who knows what the outcome of a trial would have been. The damages could potentially be a lot higher. But does that not say something troubling about our legal system?
Utica Taxpayers did not cause the Palumbo-Longo dischord. Utica Taxpayers did not cause Mr. Longo's mental state. Utica Taxpayers did not give Mr. Longo the knife. And Utica Taxpayers did not commit the stabbing. But Utica Taxpayers are now forced to pay for this crime.
Evil created innocent victims here: The four children . . . And the Taxpayers of the City of Utica.