Another day I’m getting to bed far too late, considering that we’ll have to get up at 4 am to make it to the airport in time.

I’ve been writing to a journalist on the Cape who published a follow-up article on Pádraig’s visit to Brewster last week, basically reporting on a long email the Chief of Brewster Police sent to him following Pádraig’s and his friends Walk for Life.

The article quotes the Chief as saying that

At the Schaler family’s request, we were contacted by the Attorney General’s Office in 2015 and all information related to the case, including depositions given during a civil proceeding, were turned over for review and we cooperated fully. There was no finding of impropriety.

It was us who took the depositions and forwarded them on to the Attorney General’s office. The police never ever even took as much as a written and signed statement from the driver. And the Attorney General’s office was not investigating “impropriety” but considered whether they could take a criminal case in the Courts against Brewster Police Department. In the end they decided that such a case would most likely not be successful. That was their finding.

The kind words the Chief finds for Pádraig and our family are very much appreciated. But they are not enough. As long as they publicly repeat that their investigation was proper – insult is added to Pádraig’s injuries.

What happened to Pádraig should never happen again.

An apology would be a first step in the right direction.