7/26/07 "Lesson From Frank Jude"
The federal trial in the Frank Jude beating case is over. Mayor Tom Barrett called Jude's beating an ugly imprint on Milwaukee. He is right. Sadly, the because of the actions of a few, Milwaukee wears a stain.
After todays guilty verdicts for three fired officers, Frank Jude Junior says he is glad to be alive after that fateful day in Bay View. He believes justice was served for those three. He's not so sure about the officer found not guilty. Jude who is biracial was severely beaten when he showed up at a house party where there were several off duty police officers. Frank Jude still feels the scars of physical and emotional trauma and looks forward to healing.
Even so, Jude says he has nothing against police officers. In today's press conference Jude said there are good cops and bad cops. A simple statement that applies to all professions, all races, all religions. We cannot judge a group by the actions of a few. That only sparks more hate, pain and oppression and violence. If a man beaten as severely as Frank Jude can see this...why can't we.