The Haysville Police Department has fired a police officer who saved a woman’s life, because that officer is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome and is unable to perform his job.
The officer, who has declined to be identified, shot and killed Chad Leichhardt with a single shot to the head, while Leichhardt was holding a knife to a wounded woman’s throat.
The District Attorney has justified the shooting, and in response to that ruling, the department gave the officer the option to either resign or be terminated.
As an activist who protests police shootings, I believe this officer is to be applauded, and deserves full medical retirement. As a resident of Haysville, with three children, I do not want to be served by officers who can kill and simply go on with their lives as if nothing happened.
I want to be served by officers who value human life, and who care deeply for the people they are meant to serve, as this officer clearly does. I want to be served by officers who would take great issue with the taking of a human life, even under the appropriate circumstances.
And in the event that a life is taken, I want a police department that honors that officer’s sacrifice, at the very least by offering a full medical retirement, along with the benefits that allow the officer to continue receiving the help they require.
Instead of firing this officer, the Haysville Police Department and Mayor should be giving him a medal.
The officer’s daughter has set up a fund for the now unemployed officer, who has already used all of his benefits and has no insurance. It’s located at Meritrust Credit Union, under the name ILBOUDO Fired Police Officer Fund.