A Punishing Story of Rumor and Innuendo

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Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the author of Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders

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2 Responses

  1. Steve Spingola


    Once again, thank you for your comments. Your knowledge of the events at the time provides valuable insight to SF’s readers.

    What raised a red flag for me was Captain Galezewski’s reference to a “gang” of officers. There is a very specific federal criteria that are used to identify gangs, such as colors, an organizational leadership, a written charter or laws of order. From both the JS article and captain’s In the Matter Of, these elements are simply not present. Using this type of stereotyping, the Forty Tribunes could be classified as a gang. There is a substantial difference between “gangs” and “groups.”


    January 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm

  2. Glenn Frankovis

    Perhaps he was looking to gain some favor with Mrs. Hegerty by using that term. Who knows? If further depositions are conducted and made public, maybe some light will shine on all this. I do agree with you that “gang” would be a stretch without more evidence. It would be like describing Officers who like Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” movies as a “gang”. If that’s sufficient evidence, then I suppose I was in a “gang” too.

    That term “:gang” was overused by many who were more interested in building a myth for personal gain than with actually fighting crime. Not every group of three or four neighborhood thugs was a “gang” as could be said about “The Crips”, “The Bloods”, “The Latin Kings”, or “The Outlaws”, yet I can remember when whole forests must have been chopped down to generate all the paper necessary to file all those Matter-Of reports we used to get in the Districts.

    January 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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