Police Officers Discuss Shooting, Sentencing
The shooting changed the way some officers see their jobs. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Julius Burton says he shouldn't have pulled the trigger. But when he did it changed life for officers in the Walkers Point neighborhood.
Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch worked at the District Two Police Station and ever since the shooting it hasn't be the same.
"That day was scary," said Officer Tim Keller. He remembers rushing to the scene of last summer's shooting.
"When I got on the scene the day of the shooting they were still laying out on the side walk and that was enough for me," said Keller. "I don't ever want to see a police officer laying there. I don't want to see that."
But he did want to see this. Keller joined dozens of officers who crowded the courtroom and hallway Burton's sentencing.
"I think everybody wanted to be there, everybody wanted to show them we haven't forgot about them," said Keller.
It's been a life changing moment for everyone.
"There's no way something like this wouldn't change you," said Officer Michael Slomczewski.
But it affects officers' differently. For example Slomczewski has seen the surveillance video of the officers being shot.
"I felt it was good to watch it," said Slomczewski. "To learn from it?" asked TODAYS TMJ4.
"Exactly," said Slomczewski, "and fully understand the situation."
His partner doesn't want to see it nor relive it. Keller has two brothers who are cops.
"That's three cops for my mom to worry about." said Keller. "It's something that reminds everyone just how dangerous this job can be."