Wisconsin Billboard of Officer Who Shot 2 People in 10 Days Turns Heads

The Kenosha Professional Police Association billboard featuring Office Pablo Torres who is under investigation for shooting 10 people over the course of a 10-day period
The Kenosha Professional Police Association billboard featuring Office Pablo Torres who is under investigation for shooting 10 people over the course of a 10-day period - Sputnik International
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A billboard featuring a police officer involved in a fatal shooting investigation in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is alarming some of the city’s residents.

The ad placed by the Kenosha Professional Police Association thanking the community for its support portrays Officer Pablo Torres, who shot 26-year-old Aaron Slier to death last March during a ten-day period in which he shot two people.

Police say Slier confronted Torres with a weapon, and that particular case is under investigation.

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Torres, who is under administrative leave, has received nine citizen complaints of excessive force and seven departmental reprimands including one for failing to show up to court, according to FOX 6.  

“To me that [the billboard] doesn’t make the department look good,” Kathy Willie, a spokesperson for the Siler family, told The Guardian. “What are they trying to say? Are they trying to say he’s not guilty and they know that for a fact? Why are they thanking him?”

Kenosha News has called on the KPPA to take down the billboard.

“The billboard, and events such as the Back the Badge rally in Pennoyer Park on Saturday, may be intended as support for law enforcement and appreciation for that support, but they could also be seen as attempts to intimidate people who might criticize the police.”

Detective Pete Deates, president of KPPA, delivered the following statement regarding the billboard’s intended message.  

“The recent incidents in the community have greatly impacted many people including the officer, his family, and the entire police department,” Deates said. “We have been humbled by the outpouring of support the community has given us and we simply wanted to say, thank you.”

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