MADISON, WI (WSAU) – A decision to exclude a murdered Wauwatosa police officer from the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial has Wisconsin’s top law enforcers upset.
Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is one of them. The Attorney General believes the Memorial Committee is wrong to exclude any officer that died while on duty, regardless of who committed the crime. “Domestic violence is one of the worst type of violence we have in our society. It unfortunately impacts those in law enforcement as well, and to have an officer who was such a great officer such as herself left off the memorial for a reason that really isn’t justified is unfortunate. We’re going to do our best to get that corrected.”
Van Hollen says the committee’s decision to omit murdered police officer Jennifer Sebena because she was a victim of domestic violence is absolutely wrong. “Officers die in the line of duty for all sorts of different reasons, many times due to the officer’s own fault, and they’re even included as they should be. This is very, very unusual and I think as we appeal this and the facts get out more, that others are going to find that it’s unusual as well.”
Jim Palmer from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association agrees, saying it’s a travesty to omit Sebena from the national memorial.
The national group’s board is meeting Thursday to reconsider the decision after getting calls and an online petition. One petition signer was Jennifer Gerke of Menomonee Falls, who said the national board was, “putting too much emphasis on her murderer and not the fact that she was gunned down while on duty.”
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber hired Sebena, and he is also very supportive of having the national committee correct what he believes is a wrong decision.