Larry Hartwig

Larry Hartwig is described by a fellow officer as “an eager beaver, hard
worker, a little effusive, quite religious.” In 1993, with support of other
officers, Hartwig started a Christian Police Officers group, and was involved
in a number of chaplaincy initiatives serving poor families of all races:
book picture 22-web“I took my inspiration from the apostle James, who said we are to prove our faith by our actions. I firmly believed that we demonstrate our love for God by how we treat others. This respect I applied to all created things. My personal goal was to strive daily to be the best police officer, person, husband, and father I could be, and never miss an opportunity to help others. This was a goal I took very seriously. “The role of police officer is not only immensely fulfilling, it is both heartwarming and heart-breaking, especially when you witness the harm
done to children by their own parents. It is also filled with danger and
temptation that only the most steadfast and disciplined people can resist.
Police officers put their own physical, mental, and spiritual lives on the
line every day for people who view them with suspicion, anger, hatred,
or indifference. Police officers save lives every day. They save people from
each other, but most often they save people from themselves. This is the
nature of service.”

Const. Brad Senger,

Senger had established a reputation as a calming influence on people and
situations, possibly related to his years as a psychiatric nurse. Sgt. Lane Cooper givesthis account:
book picture 21-web“I remember one night – [Constables] Brent Kuemper and Brad were off Avenue I North; they had gone to deal with something, a brawl broke out and they became the targets. My partner and I were in the paddy wagon just a few blocks away. We were en route when another car came on the radio and said, ‘We’ll get it! We are close.’ I knew these guys; I kept going. By the time they got there, we had made sure Brent and Brad were safe and helped their arrests get into the back of the car. I turned around and tore a strip off one of the officers: ‘Don’t you ever come on the radio and tell somebody you’re close, when you’re farther away than we are and you drive like a maniac to get there!’ I was mad because they would have left Brad and Brent with a wait for back-up of from 30-seconds to a minute longer! This guy was twice my size. Brad got in between the two of us and said, ‘Lane, we’re okay.’ And I said, ‘I know you’re okay, but what happens the next time?’ He said, ‘You’ll come, you’ll ignore them, and we’ll be okay again!’ This guy that I was confronting does not back down from anybody. And Brad just kind of looked at him – well, my partner and I called Brad ‘The Cherub’ – he gets
this cherubic look on his face and the other guy backed off, went and got in his
car, and drove away. Brad defused the whole situation. He’s got that little round
face, and when he smiles, you can’t be mad!”

Bronwyn Eyre, “Starlight tour documentary raises questions,” Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Jan 29 2011

“Detail by detail, interview by interview, McLean builds an arresting defence, complete with new evidence and testimony on several fronts. A signal example is a profanity-laced 911 call from Night that was not allowed into evidence at the trial. Had it been, the two police officers might well have been exonerated.”

Bronwyn Eyre, “Starlight tour documentary raises questions,” Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Jan 29 2011, A2.

Robert Marshall, “Politically Correct, Morally Wrong,” Winnipeg Free Press, Feb. 5, 2011.

“Journalist Candis McLean worked it for several years and produced an explosive documentary, When Police Become Prey, which gathered rave reviews. It explores the plight of fired Saskatoon officers Ken Munson and Dan Hatchen and their descent into hell as they entered prison as Night’s assailants, branded as monstrous racists and implicated, without evidence, in other freezing deaths. The documentary takes a sobering look at what should have been seen as a farcical case, a sub-par investigation and the witch-hunt proceedings that convicted them. …What of fairness and what of politics when some of the simplest but most compelling evidence is overlooked or suppressed? Or when the questionable word of a hardened criminal is taken over that of two officers with exemplary records.”

Robert Marshall, “Politically Correct, Morally Wrong,” Winnipeg Free Press, Feb. 5, 2011. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/fyi/politically-correct-morally-wrong-115354759.html