Brother: Slain Missouri officer saw policing as dream job
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri police officer slain during a traffic stop was eulogized Saturday as an optimistic man who always prized law enforcement, with the state’s governor pressing mourners to appreciate the perils of law enforcers in a culture “too quick to condemn” them.
“My brother’s dream job was being a police officer,” said Chris Michael, standing behind brother Gary Lee Michael Jr.’s flag-draped casket.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and hundreds of others packed a convention center in western Missouri’s Clinton, the 9,000-resident town where the officer was gunned down on Aug. 6.