This is wrong on so many levels: Capt. Marshawn Love has left the scene only to take the girl, who witnessed how her father gunned down her mother, to the police department, but was demoted to a sergeant and suspended for 120 days. Police say that he did not comply with his senior-most officer's command and therefore he should be charged with incompetence.
Moreover, the suspect is an off-duty cop Phil Seidle, who used his service weapon to shoot his wife, who is the mother of the family's nine kids. Seidle received 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment, in a deal that helped him avoid a life sentence. Two of his own children asked the judge to lock him up for as long as possible.
21-year police veteran Capt. Marshawn Love has acknowledged leaving the scene of former Neptune police Sgt. Philip Seidle's shooting of his ex-wife, but contends he wasn't the commanding officer at the scene and that he was directed to bring the couple's 7-year-old daughter to police headquarters.
Love's attorney, Richard Incremona, said: "We are clearly disappointed in the conclusions of the city, especially as they are not supported by the facts adduced at the hearing. Capt. Love helped save a little girl from harm during an unprecedented and harrowing incident. He should be lauded, not vilified. He has no record of wrongdoing but is facing severe punishment unjustly."
The case will now go to a Superior Court judge to hear on appeal.