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This was a wonderful piece about a multifaceted police detective and college professor. Dr. Kennedy may have been best known for the arrest of an infamous figure, but if people knew other aspects about him they would far outshine that one case.
As a violent crimes detective, Dr. Kennedy saw many tragic circumstances, most of which went unrecognized; children, women, the homeless. He had the greatest respect and compassion for them all, not just one kind of person based on ethnicity, race or social or economic standing.
In fact, he spearheaded a program to further diversity education for the local police department as well speaking to various ones in other states, as well. Dr. Kennedy volunteered for years with youth and the homeless population, believing in their potential and respect.
And, of course, he was a valued family member, and friend to countless people. It would be ideal if not only police and professors would look to his example, but those from all walks of life.
I am currently watching the documentary which led me to research Detective Kennedy. Naturally I was saddened to learn of his recent passing.
For most of my adult life I've lived with an understanding of purpose. In listening to Detective Kennedy's testimony I recognized and applaude him for the enormous amount of strength demanded with this case.
I'm recently retired from public safety work and have a working understanding of the significance of the case and unwelcomed personal baggage in our own relationships which often is a result of finding justice.
Rest in peace brother. I thank you for your service.
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