Slain policeman Adolfo, 98 others remembered Tearful widow says rally 'will help carry us through until justice is done'

June 05, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Wearing blue ribbons and holding signs with the slain officer's picture, more than 200 police officers, their families and friends gathered outside Baltimore police headquarters on East Fayette Street yesterday to remember Vincent J. Adolfo.

During an emotional 10-minute service, the name of Adolfo's condemned killer, Flint Gregory Hunt, was not mentioned. But the sting felt by participants at the news late last week of a delay in his execution granted by the Court of Appeals was evident.

"Today is not about vengeance. Today is not about anger," said Officer Gary McLhinney, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents Baltimore police officers.

"Today is about remembering Vince Adolfo and the other 98 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice when trying to protect the citizens of Baltimore City," he said.

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier articulated to Adolfo's family the anguish felt by many fellow officers. "We want you to know that when your heart aches, so does ours," he said.

A tearful Karen Adolfo, widow of the slain officer, said the prayers, hugs and ribbons "will help carry us through until justice is done."

After the service, Carol Miconi, the officer's sister, said her mother was still too upset by news of the stay of execution to attend yesterday's service.

Among those in favor of Hunt's execution is Maj. Wendell M. France, commander of the crimes against persons section, which includes the homicide unit. France is chairman of the National Black Police Association, a group that rejects the death penalty and sent a two-page letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening opposing Hunt's execution.

"I would probably be the first person to tell you that I want the execution of Flint Gregory Hunt to go forward," France said. "That is a personal position. I'm not the only person on the board not to oppose the death penalty. I believe that in some cases, the death penalty is the only alternative."

The letter to Glendening says "there are legitimate issues of racial disparity in the application of the death penalty in Maryland." France said he agrees that there is disparity in sentencing, but that cases should be looked at on an individual basis.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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