shot by the husband she was divorcing - Tacoma Washington's Police Chief David Brame.
The shooting came one day after city officials publicly announced that
Crystal's claims of abuse and threats would not be investigated
because it was a "private matter."
It was a very public murder-suicide though, executed in a shopping
center parking lot with their 2 young children running
to them. Chief Brame died that day but Crystal lingered.
All of us here in Tacoma held our breath for that week,
a miracle that just could not be. She had taken a contact headshot with
a police-issue glock.
Her family stayed with her in
the hospital until she died, and it was
during that time Lane was given the time to whisper
to his daughter...
has been accomplished -
together with others - from ordinary citizens
to U.S. Congress members. A new Washington
State law was created, local law enforcement policies changed, and federal money was appropriated
to address officer-involved domestic violence.
much is left yet to do as well.
The goal is set high, and many changes
must come. We need to bring the issue into the light and
seek new solutions together.
law enforcement agencies across the nation must adopt a specific policy to handle officer-involved
domestic violence, victims must have support & a way
to safely report when they're afraid, officers who commit severe
or repeated offenses must be held accountable, and law enforcement family
members must be able to reach out for preventative support without
it being used against them.
in an organization depends on those in charge. Lane is an old U.S.
at the top."
can spread the word far and wide about the anguish Crystal suffered.
We can convey the message to those who are still suffering in silence
that they are not alone. And we can help prevent this tragedy from
ever happening again. That would be Crystal's greatest legacy,"