Decision Delayed on Slain Officer's Name on Memorial
WAUWATOSA---The Wisconsin Professional Police Association tells CBS 58 News that the national board that decides which officers names get on a memorial wall, has delayed a decision on slain Wauwatosa Police Officer Jen Sebena.
The WPPA says it is speaking out because, "it is disgusted with the development."
The creator of a facebook memorial page began an online petition days ago when it was learned that Sebena's name had been deemed unfit for placement on the wall because her death was domestic violence related.
The WI Attorney General and Milwaukee Mayor along with nearly 10,000 people signed the petition saying they objected because Sebena was in uniform and on patrol when she was ambushed.
The National Law Enforcement Memorial Office is not responding to media inquiries and actually objected to the characterization that Sebena was their main focus of a Thursday meeting.
"It was a regularly scheduled meeting," a woman who would not identify herself told CBS 58's Michele McCormack. "I don't know why it's being presented that this meeting was called over this, I'll have the head of our media relations get back to you."
Here's the full statement from the WPPA:
MADISON-The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) expressed its frustration and dismay over today's action by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to delay until 2014 a final decision on whether to add Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena to its walls later this year. Since learning earlier this week that the memorial had preliminarily recommended denying the addition of her name, the WPPA has spearheaded an aggressive effort to persuade the memorial's individual board members and to otherwise draw public attention to what it has characterized as "an offensive travesty." The WPPA's executive director, Jim Palmer, corresponded by e-mail with several of the memorial's board members throughout their day-long meeting.