Group plans to continue to urge supporters to reach out to board members
(Madison, WI) —-The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) – the group that recently spear-headed the effort to get Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena honored on the National Memorial this year – is pleasantly gratified with today’s development to re-consider their decision to add Sebena to the national memorial wall during a special meeting that will be held next Wednesday, April 3, in Washington D.C.
“Given the tremendous outcry that we have heard from officers and members of the general public from all across the country in the past week, we view this as evidence that the memorial board is listening,” said WPPA executive director Jim Palmer. “This is an extraordinarily positive development, and we intend to continue to urge supporters to reach out and make their voices heard on this critical issue.”
Officer Jennifer Sebena was shot and killed last December while on duty. Her husband, Ben Sebena, acknowledged stalking his wife for several days in an effort to learn when she would be most vulnerable and in an attempt to conceal his crime. He is currently facing several charges, including first-degree intentional homicide.
Upon hearing that Sebena was not going to be included on the national memorial dedicated to honoring officers who die while on duty, law enforcement officers from around Wisconsin – and the entire country – began contacting the WPPA, the state’s largest group, to express their outrage.
The group reports that it’s campaign that began last week in support of adding Sebena to the national police memorial, which has included a sophisticated digital campaign on its Facebook page, has successfully garnered national media attention. As one example, the WPPA has seen the number of people visiting its Facebook page grow by nearly 3000%.
“Now is not the time to rest on our laurels but to continue to keep the pressure on the memorial board and urge them to do the right thing and give Jen Sebena the honor her sacrifice demands,” added Palmer.