Lodi’s police chief, meeting privately last week with a small group of residents about a case that has roiled the town and its Sikh community, strongly defended the two officers who shot and killed a mentally ill Army veteran as he walked toward his mother’s home on a Saturday morning in January.
“You know, I have two very, very good police officers that are having a lot of trouble with this,” Chief Mark Helms said in an audio recording of the meeting that The Sacramento Bee obtained from a source. “And nobody’s thinking about them, either.”
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