Police Officer Pamela S. Ragan, 31, who is facing criminal charges in connection with an alleged assault on a handcuffed prisoner after a 1982 bar brawl, has been awarded nearly $3,000 in medical expenses and attorney's fees and up to $27,000 in back salary because of job-related stress. The ruling was handed down by state Workers' Compensation Judge Louis M. Daraban after a hearing in Long Beach.
Daraban held that Ragan has been temporarily disabled since she went off duty last May 5 and is entitled to full salary for up to a year from that date.
Ragan, who has been with the Police Department for four years and earns $27,000 a year, intends to file for permanent disability retirement, according to her attorney.
The city will appeal Daraban's ruling. "We do not think she (Ragan) is ill and if she is, we don't think it's job related," said City Atty. Michael Adamson.