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Family of fallen Milwaukee police officer calls for changes to OWI laws

Posted: 9:40 PM, Jun 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-24 23:34:13-04
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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee police officer who was killed on his way home from work was honored by the community Monday.

Prayers in Hmong and in English filled Albright United Methodist Church all to honor Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her.

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"Our grief and our sorrow within the Milwaukee Police Department is palpable," said Milwaukee Police Captain Heather Wurth, District 4.

Her's Hmong clan said they were happy to see the 27-year-old serve as a police officer.

"He made the Her clan and the Hmong community proud," said Long Her, family spokesperson.

Community leaders, including the mayor, came together to honor him. Her was killed by an alleged drunk driver who police say ran a red light at 60th and Capitol Dr.

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Mayor Tom Barrett addresses Officer Her's family and the community

"Drunk driving kills," said Long Her. "It takes away loved ones, devastates families."

It has his family and the head of the Hmong Council of Wisconsin demanding change.

"There has to be stricter laws to stop and prevent drunk drivers," he said.

"Today it happened to Officer Kou, but who knows about tomorrow. It could happen to anybody," said Zong Tze Vang, president of the Hmong 18th Council of Wisconsin.