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Sebena will be on officer's memorial, Van Hollen pleased

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Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena
Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena
J.B Van Hollen discusses mem... (Download MP3)

MADISON, WI (WSAU) -  The police organization that determines who is honored on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. reversed their decision about a slain Wisconsin police woman. The group’s national board met Wednesday morning and voted to include Wauwatosa officer Jennifer Sebena’s name on the 300-foot curved marble walls

The board received plenty of encouragement to change their minds from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Governor Scott Walker, and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “I originally commented on this saying that it was wholly inappropriate that she be excluded from the memorial but it was probably an oversight on their behalf, and once we reached out to them and talked to them about it they’d probably change their mind, and I’m glad to see that they did.”

Van Hollen says the board learned considerably more about Sebena, her service, and the manner in which she died on duty. He says with additional information, the board was able to make the right decision. These individuals want to do what’s right. They made a mistake. We brought that to their attention. We gave them information they didn’t have, and they were good enough to correct that.”

Wisconsin Professional Police Association member Jim Palmer is on the national board, and cast his vote in favor of placing Sebena on the memorial wall.

Officer Sebena died Christmas Eve when her husband shot her as she was finishing a break and returning to her squad car. The national board had originally classified Sebena’s death as an act of domestic violence.

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