Retired Air Force Officer Takes On The Police State

“All politics is local,” they say, and by that they mean that local politics trump national politics. Well, not exactly always, I would say; but at least sometimes.

Similarly, it would seem that all men who lose a son take it personally. That is, they are interested in knowing what happened and why, even if the rest of the world does not care, and even if the standard narrative is disrupted. Again, not always — but sometimes.

Such is the case in the link below, where an Air Force lieutenant colonel had a son who was shot by a police officer — in the head, at extremely close range, in the presence of the young man’s mother.

The police self-investigation determined that the officer was not at fault, and he continues in police work to this day, a decade later. But the father hired a private investigator and eventually brought suit against the police. He won, and was awarded a hefty monetary judgment.

Unwilling to simply rest at that point, the father, now retired, has continued a campaign to re-establish police accountability to the community. After several years of effort, he has had some success in his home state of Wisconsin, where the legislature recently passed a law requiring outside investigation of such cases, rather than simply relying on the police departments’ “in-house” investigations, which rarely find the police officers to have acted incorrectly.

The recent concern about the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and its relationship with the local community prompted the father to write the post which is linked below. It also prompted him to begin that post with this paragraph:

‘ After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.” ‘

Here is the link:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/what-i-did-after-police-killed-my-son-110038.html#.U_d2P2-sFmD

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