What is Normal?
When a police officer is killed, isn't there usually a big funeral? Isn't it formal and well publicized? Well, in the story below, the man responsible for a police officer's death is still at large and is a George W. Bush relative. There was no big funeral for the fallen officer, why? Have you seen any more news on this, why? The officer below, died. Would you get the same treatment as the Bush relative has if you ran over a police officer, completely over the officer? Would you have been checked for drug or alcohol consumption? Would there be news stories printed and televised?
|Posted: Thursday, 19 October 2006 2:41PM |
Police Officer Struck by Federal Judge's SUV
| New Haven (AP) -- A popular city police officer was fighting for his life Thursday after being hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by a federal judge who is a cousin of former President Bush, New Haven police said. |
Officer Dan Picagli, a 17-year veteran of the force, was hit while working an extra-duty job directing traffic in the rain Tuesday night in a dimly lit section of Chapel Street.
He had on a black rain coat and Police Chief Francisco Ortiz said Thursday that he was wearing a reflective vest, showing a big bright vest at a news conference to drive home the point. Ortiz described Picagli's injuries as life-threatening.
City officials identified the driver of the SUV that hit Picagli as John M. Walker Jr., a senior judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, who lives in Connecticut and maintains court chambers in New Haven. They said he was leaving work when the accident happened.
Walker, a 1962 Yale graduate, was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1985. He was appointed to the 2nd Circuit in 1989 by his cousin, former President George H.W. Bush.
Ortiz said a long investigation will be required to determine what happened, but police did not feel it was necessary to test Walker for drugs or alcohol. Walker stopped his vehicle immediately after the accident, Ortiz said.
``He's cooperating,'' Ortiz said. ``He's also very much distraught over what occurred.''
Walker, 65, voluntarily stepped down as chief judge Oct. 1 and took the status of senior judge, said spokeswoman Karen Milton, circuit executive for the appeals court.
``Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officer and his family and we pray for his full recovery,'' Milton said.
The 2nd Circuit handles federal court appeals from New York, Connecticut and Vermont.
Picagli, 38, was the school resource officer at Fair Haven Middle School and later spent time with the department's youth-oriented policing unit.
He oversees the Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners and the Police Athletic League, where he organizes athletic camps for city children.
Picagli's family issued a statement thanking the public for its support.
``We are especially grateful to the members of the law enforcement community who have been with us throughout, as well as Mayor John DeStefano,'' the family said. ``We ask that you continue to pray for Dan's recovery and to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.''
Picagli was in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Picagli was the fourth officer seriously injured in New Haven in the past 18 months while directing traffic at a construction site, Ortiz said.
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