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Office of Justice offers benefits for slain New Bern police officer

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Due to the controversy with the administration in New Bern, N.C., observers are now speculating that the city will be reluctant to come forth with benefits information for the family of Alexander Thalmann who was killed in the line of duty.

On March, 28, Officer Thalmann 22, and his partner Justin Wester, 23, were engaged in a firefight in the housing projects called Craven Terrace. Both police officers were shot by convicted felon, Bryan Stallings.

Officer Thalmann later died at Vidant Medical Center. He had survived two days after a direct gunshot to his face and head by the felon. Officer Wester is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

Sadly, the controversy has less to do with the killing of Officer Thalmann, and more to do with the city's Mayor Dana Outlaw and two of his aldermen who attended the funeral of the career criminal.

Adding insult to injury, a public memorial last week for the townspeople to say “goodbye” to the young officer was cancelled by the mayor’s office.

While the family awaits benefits information from Outlaw's administration, details of the Office of Justice Programs can be accessed here. The federal government has allotted up to $8 million per officer.

Examiner’s Note: Mayor Outlaw has taken a public thrashing on his Facebook page for his actions. I have reached out to the mayor for his reasoning for attending the killer’s services.

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