The Ballad of Jeffrey Dahmer, Part II

To Serve and Protect

(part two of four)

For most of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, the details around their disappearance and demise are sparse. Police records depend on the recollection of the only living witness, Dahmer himself. But in the case of one victim, there were more witnesses to the events leading up to the murder.

Memorial for Konerak SinthasomphoneOn the evening of May 27, 1991, two Milwaukee police officers responded to a call from two 17-year-old African-American women, Sandra Smith and Nicole Childress. The women had found a 14-year-old Laotian-American boy in the street. The boy, named Konerak Sinthasomphone, was apparently drugged and bleeding from the anus.

The officers arrived in time to find the women protecting the boy from 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer, who was insisting he be allowed to take the boy home with him. After sizing up the situation, the officers agreed to release the boy to Dahmer. The women protested, indicating the boy’s injury, and the officers threatened them with arrest.

The officers escorted Sinthasomphone back to Dahmer’s apartment. Despite what must have been a strong odor from the decaying body of Tony Hughes, whom Dahmer had killed three days earlier, they left the couple in the apartment. Dahmer later explained that he murdered the boy only moments after the police left.

We might want to explain the behavior of the police officers as gross negligence or simple incompetence. But because those two women had called 911, there were records of conversations between the police officers, their dispatcher, and the women involved.

May 27, 1991; 2:00 a.m

Dispatcher: “Milwaukee emergency. Operator 71.”

Nicole Childress: “OK. Hi. I am on 25th and State. And there’s this young man. He’s buck-naked and he has been beaten up. He is very bruised up. He can’t stand. He has no clothes on. He is really hurt. And I, you know, ain’t got no coat on. But I just seen him. He needs some help. . . .”

After investigating, an officer reported back to the dispatcher.

Officer: “The intoxicated Asian naked male [laughter in background] was returned to his sober boyfriend.” [more laughter]

An officer later reported that the assignment was completed and that the squad was ready for new duties.

Officer: “Ten-four. It will be a minute. My partner is going to get deloused at the station.” [laughter on the tape]

A short time later, Glenda Cleveland, the mother of one of the young women called the police to inquire about the incident. She was eventually connected to one of the investigating officers.

Cleveland: “Yeah, uh, what happened? I mean my daughter and my niece witnessed what was going on. Was anything done about the situation? Do you need their names or information or anything from them?”

Officer: “No, not at all.”

Cleveland: “You don’t?”

Officer: “Nope. It was an intoxicated boyfriend of another boyfriend.”

Cleveland: “Well, how old was this child?”

Officer: “It wasn’t a child. It was an adult.”

Cleveland: “Are you sure?”

Officer: “Yup.”

Cleveland: “Are you positive? Because this child doesn’t even speak English. My daughter had, you know, dealt with him before, seeing him on the street. You know, catching earthworms.”

Officer: Ma’am. Ma’am. I can’t make it any more clear. It’s all taken care of. He is with his boyfriend, in his boyfriend’s apartment, where he has his belongings also.”

Cleveland: “But what if he’s a child? Are you positive he is an adult?”

Officer: “Ma’am, like I explained to you, it’s all taken care of. It’s as positive as I can be. I can’t do anything about somebody’s sexual preference in life.”

Cleveland: “Well, no, I am not saying anything about that, but it appeared to have been a child. This is my concern.”

Officer: “No. No. He’s not.”

Cleveland: “He’s not a child?

Officer: “No, he’s not. OK? And it’s a boyfriend-boyfriend thing. And he’s got belongings at the house where he came from. He has very nice pictures of himself and his boyfriend and so forth.”

Cleveland: “OK, I am just, you know. It appeared to have been a child. That was my concern.”

Officer: “I understand. No, he is not. Nope.”

Cleveland: “Oh, OK. Thank you. Bye.”

“This could have all been prevented,” said Nicole Childress, one of the young women. “If they had listened that night, that little boy would still be alive and all the others wouldn’t be dead.”1

Mourners at Memorial Service for Konerak SinthasomphoneHad the police been paying even a little bit of attention to the scene before them, the stench in Dahmer’s apartment might have tipped them off that something was wrong. Had they bothered to call in the routine background check on Dahmer that procedure required, they would have learned that Dahmer had been convicted of molesting Konerak’s older brother some years earlier. Had they not been so amused by the apparent otherness of the situation, they might have saved the boy’s life as well as the lives of the four victims who followed Sinthasomphone.

Protesters in MilwaukeeIn response to a public outcry over the incident, the two officers were terminated from the Milwaukee Police force. After appealing, both officers were reinstated with back pay totaling over $100,000 and were named “Officers of the Year” by the Milwaukee Police Association for their “righteous battle to regain their jobs.”

Sergeant Dennis Forjan, president of the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization, said he and his fellow officers were “elated” by the decision to reinstate the officers. “There were many elected officials who were out there demanding the dismissal of these officers, primarily black officials,” he added.2

One of the officers, John Balcerzak, was elected President of the Milwaukee Police Association in May, 2005.

The family of Konerak Sinthasomphone later brought a civil suit against the City of Milwaukee, charging that it had violated his right to the equal protection of the law based on race, sex, and sexual orientation. (Sinthasomphone, Estate of, v. City of Milwaukee, 1995). The parties eventually reached a settlement of $850,000.

In the next post: the families get their day in court.


Sinthasomphone’s family later said that Konerak did speak English.

1“Black Men Tragic Victims of White Milwaukee Man’s Gruesome Murder Spree.” Jet, August 12, 1991.
2Joe Williams, Tom Held and Dan Parks, “Many Elated with Ruling on Fired Officers Apologies Due, Union Chief Says.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 28, 1994.

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46 Responses to “The Ballad of Jeffrey Dahmer, Part II”

  1. Hannah says:

    I must first apologize for writing such a long comment. I found your blog because of a search I was doing to try and find the name of this boy. I’ve thought about this particular murder from time to time since it first happened. I was 10 at the time, so most of the details were foggy. I remembered that there was a young Asian man running naked down the street having escaped from his potential killer. The police arrived only to return him to the horror that he had escaped from. I always remembered this with such anger. How horrible. That poor boy. To have escaped only to be brought back…and by the POLICE!

    Reading the details about it now fills me with such outrage and sadness, I can’t even express it. And the fact those police officers were rehired and even given back pay? And the one elected president of the Police Association? it’s sickening! Such corruption. Such blatant racism and homophobia. It’s nauseating. I think those two officers (in the least) should be held responsible for their negligence today. It would only be the tip of the iceberg. Dahmer should have been caught well before this murder took place. He probably should have been caught after the first. Second maybe. To me, the Dahmer story is so tragic because so many could have been saved. The police were revealed as racist homophobes, and were applauded for it.

    Thank you for writing about this. I’ve read all of the parts to this blog entry, but thought I’d comment on this. Watching Rita Isbell made me cry. I hope she has been told how brave she was.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for reading the posts and thanks for your comments.

    Certainly the police officers should have been held responsible for their actions. But as (I think) the statements from the police officers’ union indicate, those officers — their bigotry, their hatred — were just single examples of attitudes promoted and rewarded throughout the department. In fact, they were only less refined expressions of the attitudes that seemed to permeate Milwaukee’s community and its judicial system.

    I don’t expect that Milwaukee was (or is, even today) at all remarkable in its rejection of “others,” be they young gay men or young men of color. Arizona’s recent enactment of bizarre and hateful immigration laws are simply different extensions of the same sort of thinking. People are always looking for someone to kick in order to make them feel better about themselves. It’s up to the rest of us to try to stop it … and to look inside our own minds for traces of the same kind of thinking and to check our own behavior before we find ourselves acting in much the same way.

  3. melissa says:

    I have always wondered- was there a missing persons report filed for this child? Dahmer wasn’t discovered for a couple months after this and it seems like that should have led to him as well. Is there any information about a missing persons report? If one wasn’t filed- do you know why not?

  4. admin says:

    That’s a very good question. I believe his family did file a missing persons report. Why no one matched Sinthasomphone’s description in that report to any report filed on the night he was discovered running from Dahmer, I can’t say. I’ll look into it and see what I can find.

    Thanks very much for your interest and your comment.

  5. melissa says:

    Thank you. I have another question about a missing persons report- if it was filed, what day? If it was on or before May 27, that would definitely be serious negligence.

  6. mason says:

    thanks for your article. i remember seeing the dateline nbc story on this on T.V.

    my prayers go to all the victims and their families. may peace and love conquer all.

    And, a hero’s round of applause, to the girls and their mom who tried to report this to the police, repeatedly. They are truly heros. Many people would just do nothing.

  7. admin says:

    I’m constantly impressed how extreme situations seem to bring out either the very worst or the very best in people. Fortunately, there are enough of the latter to balance the effects of the former.

    Thanks for reading.

  8. Realist29 says:

    What does AZ law enforcing the current Federal Immigration laws have to do with this situation? I see “zero” correlation.

  9. admin says:

    While the Arizona law does not allow targeting of suspected illegal immigrants solely on the basis of race, it does require that law enforcement officials investigate the immigration status of anyone who presents a reasonable suspicion. In Arizona, that reasonable suspicion too easily applies to anyone of apparent Mexican descent. Assumptions based on race are too easy for most of us to make. And this law makes it very easy to decide that such an assumption is, in fact, the sort of reasonable suspicion that gives the law enforcement officer the authority to demand proof of immigration status.

    In the case of Sinthasomphone, police officers made similar assumptions about the boy based on his race and his apparent sexual orientation; and that led them to turn him back over to Dahmer.

    Thanks for reading and for your comment.

  10. Furnando says:

    The sad thing is that this homophobic racist behavior still happens now..I feel such outrage and bitterness for those so called Officers who don’t protect the community they serve..We would be better off protecting ourselves, than give power to racist hateful people. Dear Konerak, I hope you are resting in peace, and I hope your family can heal from such carelessness displayed by those who served to protect them from harm. I hope and wish you all the best.

  11. cocoa says:

    this clearly shows how white cops treated african american women. I commend those women for trying to protect this boy. This arrogance of the police and bias & prejudice can allow incidents to not get managed properly. the question I suppose becomes are they individually responsible? they were probably typical of an uneducated & bigoted force. Hope it has evolved.

  12. admin says:

    Thanks for reading and for your comment.

    I’m not all that optimistic that anything has evolved in Milwaukee or elsewhere. African-Americans make up almost half of all U.S. prison inmates, but only about 13% of the overall U.S. population.

  13. melody minott says:

    Glenda Cleavland RIP 12/24/10

  14. admin says:

    Thanks for your comment and that information. I’m sorry to hear about Ms. Cleveland’s death.

  15. Nicole Childress says:

    20 decades later, the book to expose the saga behind the lies in details on what really happened May 27, 1991
    By Nicole Childress author of
    Divine Providence & the withness that made the 911 call. Please read & share comments.
    Try 2 rest in peace Glenda, & I still love u…

  16. crazysky says:

    Why were the police officers involved reinstated with back pay? That was a free vacation. Surely they weren’t exonerated based on the evidence of their conduct, and the fact that the city of Milwaukee lost the civil lawsuit brought by the family shows that they were grossly negligent in their conduct. I assume the mayor was complicit in this since he had the power to enforce their dismissal.

  17. admin says:

    Thank you for reading and especially for your comment. You’re the first person with whom I’ve had contact who was directly involved in the events. I’d greatly appreciate any insights you’d care to share; I know other readers would too.

  18. admin says:

    Your questions are good ones and just the sort I’d hoped to raise with the article. Thank you for them but, as you might guess, I don’t have satisfactory answers for any of them.

  19. Christie says:

    Thank you for posting this. I loathe these guys and it’s completely impossible for me to justify their actions. They are terrible examples of humans and I’m sad to see how well they did.

  20. admin says:

    Thanks for reading and for your comment.

  21. Julie says:

    I found this site in writing a response to some heinous comments at cleveland.com about the victims of alleged and charged murderer Anthony Sowell here in Cleveland. So many comment blame the victims and near victims, particularly the testimony of Vanessa Gay, who, raped and beaten by Sowell, discovered a body in one room before she escaped his house. When she called the police, they told her she had to come to the station and file a report. She didn’t at the time, and was later rebuffed when she tried to tell what she had seen. She was frank in her testimony about her own addiction, and the use of drugs to blot out what she had seen. I believe she allowed her name to be used in the press in order to come clean for the sake of the women who died after her encounter, and to warn other women.
    Her testimony is heart-rending.

    In both cases, Dahmer and Sowell, what a woman of color has to say is dismissed, to say nothing of the sheer presence of an assaulted child of color. These are injustices that cost lives and allow ills to persist.
    Thank you for posting this. I committed Konerak’s first name at least to memory in 1991, because it would be a sin for him to be forgotten.

    God bless and Mss Sandra Smith, Nicole Childress, and Vanessa Gay, as well as the memory of Nicole Cleaveland.

  22. Julie says:

    Please make correction: Glenda Cleaveland is the correctname. thanks. God bless her.

  23. Quest says:

    Hello and thank you for this information. I never followed the story when it was news, because I was so sickened by what I had heard about it from friends. This is injustice at its worst. I also understand the police were alerted to possible crime months prior in the Caylee Anthony case and told the informer to get lost, that he was causing trouble. I was picked up after having been raped in a suburb of Boston in 1976 by a policeman sitting in a parked police cruiser as I left the park, having put my clothes back on, gone to retrieve my viola from a ditch where the perpetrator had tossed it, and after waiting the number of minutes I had been told to wait until I did those things!! The police officer offered me a ride. He very rudely asked if I had had a fight with my boyfriend, and I told him I had been raped. I had leaves and all in my hair, and looked roughed up and maybe seemed roughed up in certain ways, you know? I often wondered later if he had been in cahoots with the rapist, just because of his very demeaning attitude towards me.

    I have learned in my 52 years here on Earth that I had been raped by my father when I was 9, forgotten the actual event but none of the surrounding circumstances, which always were a mystery to me until about 5 years ago. My mother’s abandonment of me because of what she perceived me to be (a demon, it seems) is a reflection of these police officers’ abandonment of Konerak and their characterization of him. I can relate! It is very difficult to forgive my mother, but I have had to do the best I could, ongoing thing. She recently mailed me a package which contained a blouse which was a near replica of the dress she bought for me on the South Sea Islands, also where my rape occurred. Thanks for the memories, Mom!!

  24. admin says:

    Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts and your own (very personal) experiences.

  25. Jerry says:

    The interesting thing is that our best evidence shows that Jeffrey Dahmer found the Lord and honestly repented months before his murder. And so now he is in heaven and the torture of this boy, who was not a Christian, is continuing, and will continue for all eternity.

    The world exists for the glory of its Creator!!! Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!

  26. admin says:

    That’s an interesting view of the world you have. I don’t think I’d want much to do with that kingdom of heaven if its creator is one who embraces a murderer because he claims to have second thoughts about his actions, but rejects a 14-year-old boy because he tries to embrace the world in the way his parents taught him to understand it.

    Thanks for sharing.

  27. MilwaukeeCitizen says:

    Yesterday while I was on the phone with my husband he witnessed an Asian boy climbing out of a window. I asked if he was wearing clothes, because I immediately thought of Konerak. My husband confirmed the boy was clothed, but asked him what he was doing. He and other boys were playing football and he had gone through the house to retrieve their ball. I was relieved that he wasn’t attempting an escape, but found myself googling Konerak today. I am surprised that his first & last name remain so fresh in memory, and appalled by some of the facts I’ve discovered today. I am outraged that the two negligent officers were named “officers of the year” simply because they fought for their jobs. That only added insult to injury. Were there any officers REALLY worthy of that honor that year? I just lost what little faith in or respect for the MPD I had. I feel their actions and lack of action were the result of poor training, bias, and possible corruption. Unfortunately, I don’t see much evidence of change. Lastly, hats off to Sandra Smith & Nicole Childress for their intervention. I am certain Konerak and his family appreciated that more than words could ever express. Nicole, I’m going to look for that book.

  28. admin says:

    Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment. And if you do get Nicole’s book, please let us all know what you thought about it.

  29. I.M. says:

    Hello Admin,

    I stumbled on your blog while searching for information about Konerak.

    Thanks for putting together this story. Reading about this only reminded me too much of The Laramie Project and the story of Matthew Shepard. I always assumed that homophobia was a thing of the past (70s-80s), but it looks like there are geographic and cultural pockets where it is alive and well.

    I wonder how much of a difference claiming that Konerak was Jeffrey’s boyfriend really made. Would the officers have responded the same way had Jeffrey claimed that his friend had too much to drink at a party? I guess we will never know…

    Keep up your writing.
    - IM

  30. disgusted says:

    Ok so i just randomly watched the story of Jeff Dahmer on Netflix yesterday. I remember I was in highschool when they caught this dude. Anyway, man when i saw how the police didn’t listen to the two black girls that called in for that boy. And how they TOOK THE BOY BACK TO DAHMER and did NO investigation made me go look on line to see if this was just movie drama or true. Seeing it true, everything in me wanted to see these cops not only lose their job but go to jail. THEY LITERALLY HAVE THE BLOOD OF Konerak Sinthasomphone on their hands!

    But to see that these fools have not only been given their jobs back, but BACK PAY? WTF?!!!! And named “officer of the year”!?? I’m just beyond pissed off!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How was this not protested? How did this not go to court to find these officers guilty? How, HOW HOW HOW DID THEY GET THEIR JOBS BACK AND BACK PAY?!!!!!!!

    He was a 14 yr old boy, BLEEDING and naked in the street and DRUGGED! OMG this is so evil. This will NOT go unpunished. Injustices like this don’t go ignored.

  31. admin says:

    In a functional system, injustices like this don’t go without retribution. The psychology of hatred is complicated, as are the social and political systems which use hatred and fear to grab and hold on to power. But if people talk about events like these — some as horrible as this one, others of an entirely mundane sort of injustice — then the people have a chance to respond. For the record, the African-American and gay communities of Milwaukee did stage protests in response to the more general lack of concern the authorities showed for the missing victims. But when those protests don’t make headlines, it’s as if they never happened for anyone who wasn’t there to witness them. Keep talking, keep posting comments and sharing stories like Konerak’s. The few in those positions of authority need to know that they’re accountable to the rest of us, without whose support they can’t hold on to their authority. I know it sounds corny, but it’s the very principle that makes our system of self-government possible. And when we, the citizenry, drop the ball and don’t do our work, that system begins to go awry.

    Thanks for reading and for your comment.

  32. admin says:

    Thanks for reading and for your comment.

    Unfortunately, hatred isn’t going away any time soon. It waits in the dark, like an infection, just waiting to attack the weakest part of our society. Talking about it, exposing it to the light of open discussion, seems to be the best treatment, making people accountable for their words and deeds. As a homo, I also try to remember that homophobia isn’t the fundamental problem. As we organize and battle for our rights and to change the minds of the people around us, that hatred will attack some other part of society. We’re all in this together.

  33. momon says:

    I think of those policemen They have the blood of the boy on his hands………I’m shaken . I read about it three days alredy and thinking this guy all the time. And the policemen ???? It really never been punished ?? And they live still ??…I hope not too happily……………………………….Thank you and respect in memory of an unhappy little boy named Konerak.

  34. Bookworm says:

    I don’t think I can truly express with words how sad this makes me. This poor child, already abused, sent back to die by the people who were responsible for protecting him. And then to add to the suffering of the family, already twice wronged by this man, they officers who are responsible for his death then get rewarded in multiple ways for causing this child to lose his life. Do they not feel even the slightest remorse? Did they apologize? How could they live with themselves?

    Hopefully he’s in a better place where he has released the suffering he went through in the life and they’re destined for a deep, dark extremely painful of hell where they can join Dahmer..

  35. outraged says:

    I had heard this story before, but not so detailed. I did not know that the officers got backpay, and then were awarded with “officers of the year” and that one became president of the milwaukee police association! Where was there justice there? Thank you for writing this article. This story needs to be told and never forgotten.

  36. Mehdi says:

    Hi,

    I’m french and didn’t know about Jeffrey Dahmer until an hour ago when someone mentioned him on a forum.

    After reading his page on wikipedia I wanted to know more on Konerak Sinthasomphone.

    This story is so horrible.

    Thanks for these articles.

  37. k says:

    I’m trying to find information on what the policemen’s defense was in getting their job back. What excuse could they possibly have used in justifying their actions? It must have been a pretty good one considering there were witnesses to their serious lack of judgment and recorded proof of their inability to properly do the bare minimum of their job. So what could they possibly have said? This isn’t a rhetorical question, I’d like to know if there is any information about it, or is it confidential?

  38. jackie says:

    I like what you said about treating hate like an infection.
    I’d never read any details about the case or anything about Konerak. I’d heard a outline of how cops returned him y
    to Dahmer, and I always imagined how terrible they must have felt when they learned the consequences of their error. I’m appalled and angry at what I read here. All the lives Dahmer ruined… Konerak, for one, was ‘the baby’ of a large family — their peace of mind was totally destroyed.
    Someone just above asked about this, too: Did the officers ever express ANY remorse, at any time, to the family (if not the public)? What about the city/mayor?
    Thanks for posting this story – painful but needed insights.

  39. admin says:

    I wasn’t able to find details of the proceedings around the officers’ suspension and reinstatement, but you might start with the Milwaukee Police Department. Please let me know if you turn up anything and thanks for reading and for your comments.

  40. Irene says:

    It is hearbreaking that this boy escaped and was freed and then taken back to the torture and death. I still can never understand why homosexuality is treated with such an attitude of ignorance and hate. Those police officers acted wth disgust because of thier racist and stupidity. They immediatley judged the boy & and the murderer as sexual partners so that made it kind of funny the the boy was roughed up. What pieces of shit. Like i always argue with others that one thing is the relationship between two males o females of the same sex that are free to love whomever they please and ANOTHER COMPLETELY DIFFERENT of one adult and one child. But the sob treated it like it was the same thing. The same thing with the sleezy pedofilia that exist in the church. I would most prefer the priest fuck each other or whomever but leave our children alone.

  41. Irene says:

    Sorry for my language it makes me very mad.

  42. Brianna says:

    Wow! My grandmother was telling me about this today, and I had to look up this boy’s story. I AM SO DISGUSTED RIGHT NOW I AM LITERALLY FINDING IT HARD TO BREATH!

    This just makes me sick. I know there is a devil and demons because there is no other reason for this INHUMANITY! Jeffery Dahmer had an evil on him that no human alone could have. Those police officer…..garbage!!!! They make me sick, and the city practically threw a big ” skip you” at the family by paying these turds and then naming them cops of the year! That was on purpose to hurt that family, and the community.

    What more can I say that anyone else already hasn’t!?!? This is appalling! I do belive though… what goes around comes around!!!

  43. admin says:

    I would suggest that the city and the police department were probably more interested in protecting themselves than in hurting the people who got in their way. Systems, bad or otherwise, work to perpetuate their own existence or they cease to exist. When the system ends up destroying the very people it’s supposed to protect, things have gone horribly wrong. Governments and their agents which no longer protect and serve their citizens need correction.

    It’s especially disappointing that – to my knowledge – there’s been no apology to Sinthasomphone’s family, no formal acknowledgment that things went horribly wrong. But we’re still talking about it many years later and I guess that’s the first step toward some sort of correction. By remembering what happened to Konerak Sinthasomphone and the 16 other young men Dahmer killed, by remembering how the system’s inaction allowed him to continue racking up victims, we can be alert to the warning signs of when government and the dominant culture it supports are failing the rest of us.

    That requires that we pay close attention and work hard to put aside our own biases and prejudices so that we don’t become blind to the plight of people outside our immediate group of peers.

    Thanks for reading and for caring.

  44. lee ader says:

    Yesterday i started thinking about Jeffrey Dahmer and about the asian teen
    that the cops took back to him. I didn’t know the name of the child. So I did
    a google search. I found his name at http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20115672,00.html . I wanted find out why the 2 police officers took Konerak Sinthasomphone. I found out that this site had the information and it made me real pissed that the racist cops didn’t give a shit
    about the child and threatned the 2 women with jail if they didn’t go home.
    When the 2 policeman went back to the station house one joked about his partner being deloused. Glenda Cleveland the next morning went to the police station to find out what happened the officier,he said that the boy is back with his lover,she said that he was a child. The officier said he was an adult ,Cleveland said that he was a child the cop disputed this.
    They argued this,Cleveland got frustrated and said bye. I find this very
    disturbing and frustrating that police like this are let on the force and suffer no real consequences. These assholes should be up on crime charges. Because of their racist and depraved actions Konerak Sinthasomphone was murdered by dahmer. I went to yahoo answers to ask if a cop could be charged with a crime if a murder is committed due to his negligence or action.

  45. admin says:

    Thanks for reading and for your comment.

    Yes, the decision those officers made was a bad one. But I would like to suggest that the decisions and actions of individuals are always a mixed bag, some good and some bad. That’s why we create larger systems of rules and laws to mitigate the damage individuals can do. In this case, the system failed. It didn’t allow the actions of one individual – Glenda Cleveland – to offset those of the police officers. Had the system heard her complaint, not only might Sinthasomphone be alive today, but so might the people Dahmer killed after him.

  46. Sandra says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said, “Had they not been so amused by the apparent otherness of the situation, they might have saved the boy’s life as well as the lives of the four victims who followed.” Those police officers identified with Dahmer. White, sober. A pathetic set of adjectives that earned him instant credibility.

    Common sense went out the window. They should have been on the look out for attacks on boys and men to begin with. They should have listened to the girls on scene. They should have LOOKED at young Konerak.

    Everything that happened after was just solidifying the initial decision. No turning back. Those initial credibility assessments are very very troubling, especially when coming from the people who are supposed to protect us.

    This whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.

    The public needs to speak out; the police won’t change unless there is public pressure.

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