MADISON (WKOW) -- On Friday night, friends held a candlelight vigil for Paul Heenan, who was shot and killed by Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness on November 9. For weeks the group has been gathering names for a petition to permanently keep Heimsness off patrol.
Organizers of the vigil say their message is simple. While it has been five months since Heenan's death, for them the case is far from over. They say the police department still has to address several issues in the case.
Investigations by the Madison Police Department have found that Officer Heimsness was acting within police protocol and should not be reprimanded for his actions. Demonstrators however, feel the investigation and the one performed by the Dane County District Attorney were both biased.
They're asking for an impartial investigation into the events that lead to Paul Heenan's death. Chief Noble Wray and other officials have said they're satisfied with the investigations that have already taken place.
"The lead detective referred to officer Heimsness as like family. When you have those types of connections, when you have someone who is a prosecutor for the Wisconsin Department of Justice married to the assistant police chief you can't call them objectively impartial," vigil organizer Amelia Royko Maurer says.
Friends gathered with candles to honor Heenan's memory while gazing upon a lengthy petition projected onto the City-County building. That petition is said to contain more than 107,000 signatures that all ask for officer Heimsness to be taken off of patrol indefinitely. The group plans to hand deliver the petition to Chief Wray in the coming days.
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