A police officer’s widow neuters a killer’s hate

The family of Officer Scott Patrick’ gesture to the crowd gathered at his burial last August in Acacia Park Cemetery in St. Paul . Photo: Jennifer Simonson/MPR News

Given the opportunity, there are so many things Minnesota would like to say to Brian Fitch Sr., words that would probably mirror the ones he hurled at a judge last evening as the verdict was read in his trial, where he was accused of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.

He wanted to kill a cop last summer and that, of course, is what he did. A good one. A husband of 26 years. A father of two young women, brother of eight, and son of a grieving father.

But it was his widow’s words that slashed through Fitch’s profanities of hatred, and give us pause to reflect on the nature of grace and faith.

“I just want to say God bless Fitch,” she said. “I hope he can come to the realization of what he has done. He has taken so much from us. He didn’t need to. I just want to bless him and hope that he realizes what he’s done. Amen to him.”

For the rest of his life, now, he’ll be a guest of the state.

  • Al

    My uncle was killed when I was a teenager. In thinking about the man who killed him, I don’t wish I had the grace and compassion that Michelle Patrick has, though I admire it greatly. But I have no space in my brain for the man that killed my uncle. He doesn’t exist to me. To spare a thought for him means I give legitimacy to him as a person, and I don’t want to do that.

    Ms. Patrick is a better person than I am, and I’m thankful there are people like her with such a capacity for forgiveness.