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Former officer talks to community about police shooting


MADISON (WKOW) -- A former police officer is helping an east side community focus on healing, after losing a neighbor to a police shooting in November.

Cheri Maples was with Madison Police Department for 20 years, where she worked in personnel and training. Now, she focuses on spiritual healing. She's a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice.

Maples talked with a group on Monday night about the shooting death of Paul Heenan. Maples says it's important to remember compassion for all parties involved, including Officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot and killed Heenan.

Maples said in her speech that she believes the police department must work to reassure the community by not allowing Heimsness back out on patrol in Madison and by re-examining the case with existing policy and procedures.

Maples says she believes the police department's internal investigation was thorough, but she says she doesn't think Officer Heimsness followed department policy regarding use of deadly force.

A police department investigation and an investigation by the Dane County District Attorney's office both cleared Heimsness of any wrongdoing in Heenan's death. The U.S. Justice Department will also review the shooting.

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