We apologize to all our readers but especially to Officers Graham Kunisch and Officer Bryan Norberg of the Milwaukee Police Department.

In the November issue of American Police Beat (NATION column on page 10), we reported that two officers who filed a lawsuit (which they just won) against a gun store that sold the weapon that a suspect used to shoot them both in the face, had died in the incident. They are both very much alive. However, the decision is expected to be appealed, so the battle is not over yet.

“I will never be the same person that I was prior to that day,” Officer Norberg testified in court.

On that day, in June of 2009, Officer Norberg and his partner, Officer Kunisch stopped 18-year-old Julius Burton for riding his bike on the sidewalk. Burton shot both officers in the face.

Officer Norberg testified that he finds it difficult to continue to work as a Milwaukee police officer since that day.

“My wife and my son is what I do it for. I put on that uniform and I try to be as squared as possible to do the job for my city,” Officer Norberg said.

Norberg spent four years recovering from the shooting and underwent painful procedures to reconstruct his mouth and teeth.

He told the jury that he is in constant pain, has difficulty sleeping at night, and feels he let his partner and the city down.

“I still feel like I should have known better—like I should have seen something a little quicker,” Officer Norberg said.

Norberg’s dental specialist says he will need replacement dental work for the rest of his life—and perhaps three separate sets of implants, each at a cost of more than $15,000.



While I sympathize for the two officers and have stood in their shoes on many occasions, if the gun store sold the gun legally and there’s no evidence they knew it was a straw purchase, then the officers have no case. It’s like suing a car dealer for selling a car to a person who turns out to be a drunk driver.

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