Saturday, November 22, 2014
Seven years ago on this date, Alexander Orlowski lost his life while incarcerated at the Milwaukee County House of Correction.
His death was the result of a drug overdose which was allowed to happen due to a severe staffing shortage, leaving corrections officers burnt out and not as effective as they could be.
A year after his passing, I had the privilege and honor of meeting his parents, Gary and Patti Orlowski, who shared the story of his troubled life and his troubling death.
Last year, the Orlowskis filed a lawsuit against the county, not for the money per se, since no amount of money will bring their son back, but to make sure that another family's son won't die because of the austerity measures that Scott Walker and Chris Abele promote every day.
I continue to wish the Orlowski family peace and strength as they carry on without their son and fighting for everyone else's sons and daughters.