Father turns tragedy into fight for domestic violence victims

Father of victim speaks about police officer-involved domestic violence and the need for law enforcement agencies to adopt policies to prevent it.

You’re not supposed to outlive your child. The world shouldn’t work that way.

Lane Judson knows. A decade ago, he sat in a hospital room and watched his daughter die. He was 67 then. Crystal Judson had just turned 35.

Her husband fatally shot her, then himself. He was Tacoma’s police chief, David Brame – a powerful man who used his position and influence to protect himself from accusations of domestic violence.

Judson whispered a promise to his daughter that day in the hospital. He would do whatever he could to make sure the horror never happened again.

He started a new career, and remade himself into a crusader. To anyone who will listen, he speaks about police officer-involved domestic violence and the need for law enforcement agencies to adopt policies to prevent it.

He speaks to groups large and small, to people high and low. He’s written to governors, attorneys general, presidential candidates and members of Congress. He’s visited Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Idaho and New York, among other places. He’s spoken to law-enforcement agencies in Great Britain. He answers distraught emails from across the country.

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