FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

Slain Missouri Trooper's Life Partner Fights for Survivor Benefits

November 06, 2012  | 

The life partner of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper killed on duty in 2009 has filed a lawsuit after he was denied surviving spousal benefits by the Missouri Department of Transportation and Retirement System (MPERS).

In a case that's now on appeal to the state's supreme court, Kelly Glossip has argued there can't be a "gay exception" to survivor benefits for first responders. Lambda Legal and Law Enforcement Gays and Lesbians (LEGAL) are offering Glossip legal assistance.

"Kelly Glossip's partner of 15 years was tragically killed while at work—there cannot be a gay exception to the family protections put in place for police and first responders," said Christopher Clark, senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal. "Missouri has pledged to support its troopers' loved ones if they die in the line of duty, and to deny Mr. Glossip the same treatment is not only discriminatory, it sends a disturbing message to its LGBT law enforcement officers."

Glossip's life partner was Trooper Dennis Engelhard, who was killed on Christmas Day in 2009. Trooper Engelhard was struck by a vehicle while investigating a minor traffic accident.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol provides an annuity payment through its retirement system to surviving spouses.

Engelhard and Glossip had been together for 15 years, according to a Lambda Legal release. They had exchanged rings and owned their home together.

On Dec. 2, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of Glossip to challenge the denial of survivor benefits. The trial court granted the MPERS motion to dismiss the case on April 12, and the case is now on appeal to the Supreme Court of Missouri.


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 11/8/2012 6:59 AM

Would like to know the final on this lawsuit...Is Missouri a gay marriage state?? Probably not..

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Fallen Phoenix Officer Remembered as "Larger than Life"
A Phoenix police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty was remembered...
Video: Civilians Help Texas Officer Arrest Aggressive Suspect
An Arlington, TX, police officer is feeling grateful for his training and for some alert...
Video: Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Suburban Chicago Shootout
A police officer was wounded and a suspected shoplifter was killed in a shooting outside a...
Search for Kidnapped California Teen Intensifies After Suspect Killed in Shootout with Deputies
The man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping a 15-year-old Bay Area girl was killed Thursday...
Officials Say Officer Shortage May be Causing Spike in Las Vegas Crime
The local sheriff, police union officials and district attorney have various theories...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine