Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial when he was twice accused of rape.
In the weeks since two Santa Cruz police detectives were gunned down last month, a memorial fund for their family members has been growing and currently stands at more than $300,000, a city employee said Friday.
An Army official said this week there was not enough evidence to proceed with a rape prosecution against the man who killed two Santa Cruz police officers, fueling the debate over how the military investigates sex crimes.
Sen. Barbara Boxer questioned Wednesday whether the military erred when it dropped rape charges and discharged a soldier who later shot and killed two police detectives in Santa Cruz.
Mourners packed HP Pavilion in San Jose for a memorial Thursday for two Santa Cruz police officers killed in the line of duty last week.
A public viewing was held Wednesday for Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler of the Santa Cruz Police Department, who were killed by an armed suspect on Feb. 26.
A man is being held on $250,000 bail after his arrest Friday on suspicion of stealing a large bouquet of flowers from a memorial for two Santa Cruz police officers killed in the line of duty on Tuesday.
Investigators are searching for a woman who may hold clues to the background and history of the man who shot and killed two Santa Cruz police officers on Tuesday before being gunned down in a shootout with police.
The location for Thursday’s memorial for two slain Santa Cruz police officers has been moved to the HP Pavilion in San Jose to fit the large number of people expected to attend, a police spokesman said.
The joint public memorial for Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, Chief Kevin Vogel said.