Officers outraged by snubbing of officer killed while on duty
(MADISON, Wis.) – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association is actively engaged in reversing a highly controversial decision by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund not to include a slain Wauwatosa police officer on its memorial wall. The group has tentatively decided not to include police officer Jennifer Sebena on its memorial wall in Washington, D.C., a move that is being actively challenged by the WPPA and officers across the state.
“The National Memorial’s decision to exclude officer Sebena from national recognition would allow her husband, an accused killer, to further desecrate her memory and service to her community,” said Jim Palmer executive director of the WPPA. “Officer Sebena’s vast supporters will not rest until her name is added to those other officers who have been killed while on duty.”
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund board of directors is meeting tomorrow, Thursday, March 21, to reconsider the recommendations. The Wisconsin association will honor Sebena at its memorial in May.
Benjamin Sebena, 30, is accused of stalking his wife Jennifer and shooting her to death Christmas Eve outside the Wauwatosa Fire Department station. Earlier this month, Sebena, an Iraq war veteran, changed his plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Palmer said the apparent rationale behind leaving Ofc. Sebena off the National Memorial wall was she was a victim of domestic violence and not killed in the line of duty.
An on-line petition drive has secured thousands of Sebena supporters to date who are calling for her addition to the wall.
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March 20, 2013