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“Clearly, he's certainly probably a household name or figure right now in our community,” said Koval. “I worry about his safety. I worry about those officers who go to back him up. And of course I worry about the community perceptions about what's gone on here.”
Officer Matt Kenny won’t face criminal charges stemming from the shooting, according to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, and he is currently on paid leave. He’s still under investigation to determine whether he violated any Madison Police Department policies, and if he has, he could be fired or subjected to department sanctions.
Kenny was a lifeguard and served in the Coast Guard before transitioning to the MPD, where he’s worked for the past 12 years.
He was also involved in a fatal shooting in 2007, and he was cleared of any wrongdoing at that time. A letter from former District Attorney Brian Blanchard regarding that incident said, “Officer Kenny was presented with a life and death choice that required him to match the direct threat of lethal force with lethal force.”
Is Kenny in Danger?
Shortly after Kenny’s most recent incident, an anonymous Facebook user started a page encouraging people to report his location each time he was spotted. The page has been taken down, but there have been death threats against him and against the victim’s family.
Koval may not put him back on duty in the same capacity.
“I think we have to create some time and some space and we have to look at some other alternatives above and beyond what he's going to have as a patrol officer,” said Koval.
What Do You Think?
Do you think that the officer’s return to duty would cause more division within the community, or should he return in a different capacity? What would you like to see happen in situations like this?
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A police officer who fatally shot a Madison resident in March wants to go back to work, but his police chief says the cop’s return to the force is out of the question.
Police Chief Mike Koval says it’s a safety
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