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article imageOp-Ed: New Bern, N.C. Mayor disrespects the law enforcement community

By W. Mark Dendy     Apr 12, 2014 in Crime
New Bern - After a week of outraged citizens feelings had reached a boiling point over city officials handling of the death of a New Bern, N.C. Police Officer, several citizens spoke out in a packed board room against the New Bern Mayor and two Aldermen,
It began with the shooting of two New Bern police officers on March 31; one officer was released from the hospital while the other died two days later. The first report of New Bern's highest official, Mayor Dana Outlaw handling of matters left me wondering – how could this be?
The Examiner reported:
One-thousand “brothers in blue” came to pay their respects this afternoon to Officer Alexander Thalmann, 22, killed in the line of duty in New Bern, N.C., last week.
Thalmann’s partner, Officer Justin Wester, 23, is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg from the shootout that left convicted felon, Bryan Stallings, 35, dead.
The incident happened March 28, in the housing projects known as Craven Terrace.
The town’s grief was made even more painful by the local administration’s handling of events following the young officer's death.
For unknown reasons, newly elected, Mayor Dana Outlaw chose to attend Thursday’s funeral of the career criminal.
Adding insult to injury, last night’s planned memorial for local citizens to say “goodbye” to Alexander Thalmann was cancelled by the mayor’s office.
It was alleged that two of the city’s aldermen had invited relatives of the killer to attend the vigil. Rather than rescind the invitation, the city chose to cancel the event.
According to Sun Journal, "On the second day Thalmann's body was in nearby Washington for viewing, Outlaw and two aldermen attended Stallings funeral."
Officer Alexander Thalmann had served his community as a police officer for a mere seven months, yet he deserved the respect of everyone, especially the city administrators.
As the father of a law enforcement officer, I find this Mayor Outlaw's actions disturbing and disgraceful but not far out of line from the leftist viewpoint.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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