Mother of Murdered Officer Talks to NBC10

For the first time, the mother of Philadelphia police officer Moses Walker Jr. speaks about her son's murder

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Thursday, Mar 28, 2013  |  Updated 9:32 PM EDT
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The mother of a murdered local officer sits down and talks exclusively to NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn.

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The mother of a murdered local officer sits down and talks exclusively to NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn.

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The mother of Officer Moses Walker Jr. is talking for the first time to NBC10 about her son's murder.

Wayne Lipscomb contacted NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn to share her story after hearing the three probation officers, who were fired for letting her son's alleged killer stay on the street are trying to get their jobs back.

"They were so callous, they want to get their jobs back, are you serious? You didn't do your job, so you want a second chance? My son don't have a second chance," Lipscomb told Cahn.

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Police say Raphael Jones shot and killed Officer Walker during an August 18 robbery at 20th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.

Jones was on probation and just three days prior, he had reported to his probation officer Jose Rodriguez. Yesterday at a civil hearing, Rodriguez testified that he asked his supervisor for a warrant to have Jones put back in prison for failing a drug test, but his supervisor said no.

This is the alleged text message exchange between Rodriguez and supervisor Rosa Hernandez.

Jackson (another probation officer) told me Raphael Jones just checked in," texted Rodriguez last August.

"Next hot urine we will lock him up," replied Hernandez.

The state says its investigation showed that all three probation officers--Jose Rodriguez, Rosa Hernandez and Michelle Rivera-- were at fault. A decision on whether they will get their jobs back has not been made.

"They were just as responsible for pulling the trigger as Raphael Jones was, none of this would have happened if they had followed their procedures on what they were supposed to have done," said Lipscomb.

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit Lipscomb brought against state parole board, but she plans to appeal.

"I know Moses was not the first case where they did not do their job, it was just at this time, my family took the loss," said Lipscomb.

 


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