|Published:||Jul 18, 2011 12:34 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 18, 2011 11:34 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Monday marks the 3-year anniversary of Fort Myers police officer Andrew Widman's death.
He was killed in the line of duty. His death has sparked change in the system.
Officer Andrew Widman has certainly left his mark on Southwest Florida, after his death shook our community.
On July 18th, 2008, Officer Widman was responding to a domestic dispute in downtown Fort Myers.
The suspect, Able Arrango, had a long criminal history and was even arrested and released from jail several months before. Many have believed Widman, the 30-year old father of three, would still be alive today had Arrango not been released.
That's exactly what sparked change in the system.
Local leaders took action, proposing a bill called the Andrew Widman Act.
The bill would give judges the right to deny bail to any violent criminals who commit a felony while on probation.
On May 9th, governor rick scott came to southwest florida and signed the bill into law.
Now Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker is taking the fight all the way to Washington.
Two weeks after Governor Scott signed the Andrew Widman Act, Baker testified on Capitol Hill.
He's calling for a new federal law, that would keep some illegal aliens, who can't be deported behind bars.
WINK News will keep you posted on this legislation.