Wisconsin Department of Corrections officers are livid with what they perceive to be the Evers Administration's indifference to the brutal murder of their colleague in a road rage incident in Milwaukee on August 30th.
"DOC management and the Evers administration have not even announced or addressed the incident," one corrections officer told "The Dan O'Donnell Show." "Not even funeral information. Nothing."
Tracey Smith, 47, was shot and killed after she got in a minor fender bender near 51st St. and Capitol Dr. while teaching her 17 year-old son to drive. The suspect was arrested and charged with first degree intentional homicide.
Governor Evers did not issue a press release or statement on Smith's death, and he did not order the state's flags lowered to half staff in the wake of her passing, although he did so for other law enforcement officers killed across the state over the past few months, including Milwaukee Police officer Kou Her, Racine Police officer John Hetland, and Appleton firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard.
"What a non-statement to make to the rank-and-file!" a Department of Corrections officer said. "They care about the workers? Please."
The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, where Smith was a sergeant, flew its flags at half staff last week in her memory, but a number of corrections officers are questioning the Evers Administration's response to the tragic death of a state employee.
"If this was the Walker administration the press would be questioning the silence," a Department of Corrections staffer said. "Because we sure are."