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Archive for Wednesday, April 24, 1991

COMMISSION BRIEFED ON POLICE SHOOTING

April 24, 1991

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City officials are getting regular briefings on Sunday's police shooting of a Lawrence as a way to share the emotional toll of the tragic event, city commissioners said today.

"The commission wants to do that whenever it can," Mayor Bob Walters said.

At the start of Tuesday's city commission meeting, Walters and Commissioner John Nalbandian requested a report from City Manager Mike Wildgen on the status of the case.

Before a commission study session on Monday, Police Chief Ron Olin similarly briefed commissioners on the case.

In both instances, Walters called the shooting "tragic" and conveyed his sympathy to the family of Gregory Sevier, a 22-year-old Native American shot to death early Sunday by two Lawrence police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call.

"Our purpose is not only trying to keep the commission informed, but also to let the people in the community know what's going on even if there is no new news," Nalbandian said today. "That's important to recognize the emotional toll and to convey that the emotional and psychological burden is also shared by citizens who are concerned with dignity and respect and tolerance."

Walters said that in addition to police and city staff briefings, he was seeking out information from other members of the community.

"That's simply to keep the line of communications open," he said. "I certainly want that, and I think it's important."

He also expressed faith that the various investigations and hearings into the shooting will be conducted fairly and shed light on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Wildgen said today he "welcomed a thorough review of the incident," by city and outside agencies.

Members of the Indian community said Tuesday they planned to schedule a town meeting Sunday to review the case, but information on when and where that might be has not been released.

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