PROVIDENCE – Former Charlestown police officer Brian Jackson had moved to Dallas, Texas where he joined the police force. On the night of Nov. 13, 2005, he responded to a domestic disturbance call.
He was shot by a suspect and died an hour later. A "Blue Alert" was issued by the Dallas Police force with witness details and the suspect was arrested within a few hours.
Officer Jackson's murder hit home in Charlestown where he was fondly remembered. In March 2010, the previous Charlestown Town Council enacted a resolution praising the Blue Alert system and calling on Rhode Island the implement the program.
Rep. Donna Walsh announced that she is pleased to have introduced new legislation in the House to do just that. The legislation calls for the State Police to activate the system when an officer is killed or seriously injured, or is missing while in the line of duty under circumstances that raise concerns about the officer's safety.
On average, every two and a half days, a police officer is killed somewhere in the United States. We owe it to these brave men and women, and to their families, to act swiftly to bring their killers to justice. It is in our society's best interests to catch cop killers as fast as possible because their act is not just murder, but a challenge to the peace and security of our communities.
Because we already have Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems in place and showing demonstrable success, we have the framework to add the Blue Alert system without delay and at little cost.
And we must do so, in memory of Officer Jackson and 150 officers killed in the line of duty, on average, each year.