Widows Of Fallen Officers Voice Outrage

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One day after the man who murdered Philadelphia police officer John Pawlowski was sentenced to life in prison, family members who lost their loved ones on the police force spoke out against the sentence.

Kim Pawlowski, widow of slain officer John Pawlowski, responded to the life sentence given to Rasheed Scruggs, the man convicted of murdering her husband.

“After hearing the deadlocked verdict, the family and I were outraged by the lack of justice that was represented for Johnny,” Kim said.

She and several family members of slain officers, including Meghan McDonald, sister of Sergeant Patrick McDonald, gathered at FOP headquarters Tuesday speaking out in favor of the death penalty for people who target police.

“And the message that we send when we give life instead of the death penalty for someone who kills a police officer in cold blood for no reason is that we don’t care about the job that they are doing for us,” Meghan said.

Maureen Faulkner is wife of fallen officer Daniel Faulkner:

“Every one of these men, they were born in the city of Philadelphia, they served the City of Philadelphia, they protected the City of Philadelphia as we should stand up and protect them.”

Reported By: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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  1. Amitz says:

    JIM S, A man after my heart, I couldn’t have said it any better.

  2. CindyLou Who says:

    I think our justice system is disgusting! The families get no peace and no closure! What’s the point in even having a death penalty???Absolutely NONE whatsoever!!! It’s a joke!!! Meanwhile, the inmates get 3 meals a day, a roof over their heads, clean clothes, a bed to sleep in, heat and air conditioning, and education if they want, tv to watch, and the list goes on. Meanwhile, it’s the tax payers that pay for all of it! They should enforce the death penalty, this way there wouldn’t be a problem with prison over crowding! Eye for an eye! The lawmakers should watch locked up abroad! Maybe they would learn something from that show! Our prisons here are like palaces compared to the ones abroad! They don’t have the ammenities that our prisons do! Their prisons look like slums! Maybe that’s what our prisons need convert to!

    God Bless all of the Men and Women in Blue! May GOD keep you safe!

    My heart goes out to Kim and the Pawlowski family and all of the other families that lost their loved ones may God give you the strength you need and see you through!

  3. Jim S. says:

    Monday – kill a police officer
    Tuesday – Trial / convicted
    Wednesday – Sentenced o death
    Thursday – appeal heard
    Friday – Execution carried out at 12:00 noon in City Hall Courtyard (bring lunch)
    That is all!

  4. Tracy says:

    I have no faith in the justice system. I would rather take matters into my own hand than depend on a jury to do the right thing. If you take a life, you don’t deserve a “jury of your peers” or even “your day in court”. You deserve to be put before a firing squad and shot very slowly and painfully. Bottom line. Maybe if that was the way of this country there’d be alot less murdering!!!! A murders punishment for taking a life is roof over their head, 3 meals a day, earn your degree, find god, stay physically fit, etc. Disgraceful!!!!!

  5. power839 says:

    Our criminal justice system is a total joke today and has been for the past fifty years.

  6. haywood jablowme says:

    Isaac, the murder of a police officer in the performance of his duties is an attack not only on that officer, but on civilized society itself. This killer has said through his actions in the strongest possible terms, that he is not of our society, that he is above our rules. If we don’t punish this act in the strongest possible manner available, we send a message that this behavior is going to be tolerated in some way. The jury has stated that this kind of attack on society is somehow understandable. This is not a society I wish to live in.

  7. Allen Wasnick says:

    Why do these convicted murdererous dreggs of society get to live out their lives totally free of any concerns i. e. health care, room and board, recreation and every other perk that even some working people can`t afford, on the dime of the taxpaying public that do include those that have lost their loved one`s to these bums. If justice is to be served they should be executed swiftly without years of appeals that make this justice system today a mockery to the police and their families that put their lives on the line every day.

  8. God Bless the PPD says:

    DEATH PENALTY! Why spend thousands of tax payer dollars each year to keep them in prison. It would be cheaper and better for society if they were put down like the animals they are. God determines their fate but it is our responsibility to arrange their judgment day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the PPD and their families.

  9. Isaac C. says:

    I PRAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY’S WHO LOSS THERE LOVE ONES, I THINK THAT IF WE TREAT A POLICE OFFICERS MURDER DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER CITIZEN MURDER. IT CAN MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THE POLICE IS ABOVE THE SAME LAWS. I WANT TO KNOW IF THE WIVES OF THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO DIED DO THEY HAVE GOD IN THERE LIVES. CAUSE KILLING ANOTHER PERSON IS NOT GOING TO BRING YOUR LOVEONE BACK. GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM FOR YOU.

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