Police Union comments on sentencing of man who killed MPD Officer Michalski
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The head of the Milwaukee Police Union says emotions were riding high during Thursday's sentencing of Jonathan Copeland.
"That hearing was probably the most difficult hearing I've ever been a part of."
Copeland was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for the fatal shooting of Officer Michael Michalski. Police Association President Shawn Lauda says it was extremely difficult to see body camera video from the incident, but says he was proud of the officer's widow and his patrol partner for the statements they made in court.
"Mike Michalski was somebody who loved his community, respected people, served his community, was a loving father, husband, great cop, servant of the people. And then you have Mr. Copeland, who's essentially a sociopath, spent half his life in prison. He led his life and was a menace to society. He is exactly where he needs to be," said Lauda.
At his sentencing, Copeland said he feared for his life before the shooting. He apologized to his family, but not to Officer Michalski's family.