UPDATE: Vote to Add Slain Wis. Officer to Memorial Praised

UPDATED Wednesday, April 3, 2013 --- 12:08 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The name of a slain Milwaukee-area police officer will be added to a national memorial next month, a decision that's drawing praise from police officials and others.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund voted 15-0 Wednesday to add Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena to the Washington, D.C., memorial.

The group originally planned to exclude her. That's because the suspect in her Dec. 24 slaying is her husband, meaning her death could be classified as domestic violence.

The nonprofit group says it reconsidered in light of further study and a review of precedent.

A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker says Walker is pleased with the decision. And Jim Palmer of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association says the decision was clearly the correct outcome.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, April 3, 2013 --- 11:17 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., has voted to add the name of a Milwaukee-area police officer to a national memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund had previously excluded Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena. That's because even though the 30-year-old was fatally shot while on duty Dec. 24, the suspect in the shooting is Sebena's husband, which could make her death a case of domestic violence.

But after pressure from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and others, the group reversed its decision Wednesday.

WPPA spokesman Jim Palmer voted to include Sebena's name on the memorial in the national capital.

Palmer says the final vote was 15 to 0.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 9:57 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Professional Police Association says a national memorial board will meet next week to reconsider adding the name of a slain Wauwatosa police officer to its monument.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund initially said it would not include Jennifer Sebena's name on the memorial wall because her death was the result of domestic violence. The memorial board reconsidered after objections were raised and said it would consider the matter again next year.

The objections grew louder. Nearly 15,000 people have signed an online petition supporting Sebena.

The Journal Sentinel reports the police association says it's been informed the memorial board will now meet April 3. The memorial fund board did not return a call seeking comment.

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UPDATED: Saturday, March 23, 2013 --- 6:51 p.m.

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- A national group that has delayed a decision to add a fallen Wauwatosa police officer's name to its Washington, D.C., memorial has already honored officers who were killed under almost identical circumstances.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report (http://bit.ly/X3bK6C ) cites research by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, which wants Jennifer Sebena's name added to the memorial.

The memorial is run by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The group has postponed a decision on Sebena. She was killed while on duty but the suspect is her husband, which would make her death a case of domestic violence.

But the police association says a Kentucky officer whose name is on the memorial died in 1977 under nearly the same circumstances.

Gov. Scott Walker is among those appealing to the Washington group.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, March 21, 2013 --- 5:34 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has joined those calling for a slain Wisconsin police officer to be included in a national memorial.

Walker sent a letter Thursday to the chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. He asked the group to list the name of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena on its Washington, D.C., memorial.

In his letter, Walker says Sebena was protecting the citizens of Wauwatosa when she was ambushed Dec. 24. The governor noted Sebena was patrolling the neighborhood where he lives with his family.

Sebena's husband, Benjamin Sebena, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in her death. He's pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Walker says it shouldn't matter who committed the murder, "since the act was taken against a police officer on duty."

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UPDATED Thursday, March 21, 2013 --- 3:12 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A nonprofit group has delayed a final decision on whether to add the name of a fallen Wisconsin police officer to its Washington, D.C., memorial.

That's according to Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.

Palmer says he corresponded by email with several board members of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund during their daylong meeting Thursday. He says the board put off a decision until 2014 on whether to add Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena's name to its memorial.

Sebena was gunned down Dec. 24. Her husband, 30-year-old Benjamin Sebena, was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Palmer says Officer Sebena's death "clearly meets" the memorial's criteria for inclusion on its walls.

A message left for the memorial fund was not immediately returned Thursday.

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Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 --- 12:38 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin official is asking a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., to reconsider its decision not to add the name of a fallen Wauwatosa police officer to its memorial.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says it shouldn't matter that Officer Jennifer Sebena was killed in a suspected domestic-abuse attack. He says she was on duty at the time, and merits inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

He wrote a letter Wednesday asking the group not to deny her inclusion just because her husband was the suspected shooter.

A message left with the memorial group was not immediately returned.

Sebena was shot and killed on Christmas Eve. Her husband, 30-year-old Iraq War veteran Benjamin Sebena, has pleaded insanity to a charge of first-degree intentional homicide.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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