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Thousands sign petition demanding Sebena's name be added to fallen officer memorial

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Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena
Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Over 6,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena be added to a national memorial for fallen officers.

State law enforcement leaders were outraged, after the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund decided not to include Sebena in the memorial because she died from domestic violence.

Sebena was on duty when she was allegedly gunned down by her husband, who has pleaded insanity. The board of the national memorial was expected to reconsider its omission Thursday.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the board’s decision “deprecates” Sebena’s professional sacrifice. State police union president Jim Palmer called it a travesty to classify Sebena’s murder as a domestic violence incident.

Milwaukee Police issued a tweet which asked the memorial board, “If a cop was killed while directing traffic, but the car was driven by their spouse, would you add their name?”

Memorial fund officials have not answered that question, or others that were raised locally this week.

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