Retired Aurora police chief discusses her new book and role reviewing Uvalde shooting response

Retired Aurora police chief discusses her new book and role reviewing Uvalde shooting response

AURORA, Sick. (TOC) — Aurora’s former police chief is speaking for the primary time about her new job investigating the lethal college taking pictures in Uvalde, Texas.

Kristen Ziman opened up extra in regards to the mass taking pictures on the Henry Pratt Firm and the way it modified her outlook on gun management.

Ziman has at all times had a ardour for writing, so she mentioned penning a really private guide about her tough childhood and profession as a cop got here naturally to her.

“My complete profession all I wished to do is slot in and I wished to attract consideration away from being a woman,” Ziman mentioned. “I simply wished to be revered as one of many guys.”

Ziman began with the Aurora Police Division in 1991 as the one feminine cadet in her class. She earned sufficient respect to change into the division’s first feminine lieutenant, commander and chief earlier than retiring final 12 months.

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Strolling away gave Ziman the liberty to write down about many controversial subjects in her guide, “Reimagining Blue.”

“The guide is a really balanced view of policing,” Ziman mentioned. “I haven’t got blind loyalty to cops, everybody in my division knew that.”

Ziman’s views on gun management modified throughout the funeral of Trevor Wehner, the 21-year-old intern who was one of many 5 folks killed throughout the 2019 mass taking pictures on the Henry Pratt plant in Aurora.

“I watched his mother Bonnie stand in entrance of his casket as a shell of a human being,” Ziman mentioned. “It was in that second that I believed, all of my stance has modified. We now have to do one thing.”

In addition to more durable gun legal guidelines, Ziman rejects utilizing psychological well being as an excuse for mass shooters. Due to her expertise with Pratt, Ziman has been tapped by the Division of Justice to serve on a activity drive investigating the police response to the latest Uvalde, Texas mass taking pictures.

“We will likely be wanting on the incident from really a 360 view to see what occurred that day,” Ziman mentioned.

Ziman’s guide additionally takes a deep dive into the racial divide and policing post-George Floyd civil unrest. She is satisfied policing could be performed in a compassionate and sensible manner.

“Even when an officer is placing handcuffs on somebody, they’ll nonetheless deal with somebody with dignity and respect,” Ziman mentioned.

Whereas she hasn’t dominated it out, as of now, Ziman has no plans to return to legislation enforcement. She believes she will have a better affect giving speeches. Her first guide signing is on the Wyckwood Home in Aurora.

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