Katrina Ahrens, Widow Of Fallen Dallas Police Officer, Sues Dallas Police Over Donations

Dallas, TX - Katrina Ahrens, the widow of Dallas Police Officer Lorne Ahrens, is suing the Assist An Officer foundation, the Dallas Police Association, and the city of Dallas, over donations that she has never received a dime of, according to NBC DFW.

She is asking for accountability, and she is

Dallas, TX - Katrina Ahrens, the widow of Dallas Police Officer Lorne Ahrens, is suing the Assist An Officer foundation, the Dallas Police Association, and the city of Dallas, over donations that she has never received a dime of, according to NBC DFW.

She is asking for accountability, and she is asking for the donations that were mailed to the Dallas Police Department in her name be given to her.

The Assist An Officer foundation, through the Dallas Police Association, raised millions of dollars for the families of the five Dallas police officers who were assassinated on July 7, 2016. Nine other police officers and two civilians were also injured.

Katrina Ahrens, who is a detective with the Dallas Police Department, said that the foundation placed 'holds' on funds, and would not release the money unless she agreed to those 'holds.'

In the lawsuit, Detective Ahrens also said that the foundation 'illegally seized and opened mail that had donations, which were received by the city, and were addressed to 'Detective Katrina Ahrens'. Mata said that the DPA has nothing to do with the city's mail, and that it went to city hall then the police department.

In a news release, attorneys who represent Ahrens said that 'the foundation is attempting to impose unlawful limitations on the families' use of the funds and 'has ordered all donations for Detective Ahrens be held.'

In response, DPA president Mike Mata said, "I don't understand why this is coming up and I don't understand why it has to come up now."

He said that the foundation, which is a nonprofit charity under the DPA, is being accused of 'holding funds hostage,' and that trust funds were created, not just for the surviving spouse but also for the fallen officer's children.

The funds that were received, according to the DPA, are deposited into trust funds'... for the immediate use by the beneficiaries so long as it is for their health, education maintenance or support.'

Detective Katrina Ahrens said that not all of the funds that were donated can be accounted for. Her attorney Casey Griffith said that they've asked repeatedly about how donations came in, how the money was to be divided between the widows and their families, and whether they've actually had an audit done, as they had claimed.

He said that they asked for a copy of the audit, and when the foundation produced documents that they said were the audit, the first page had no mention that it was an audit.

Prior to Mata becoming president of the DPA this past January, 2017, Frederick Frazier was First Vice President, and then interim president of the DPA. Frasier is also included in the lawsuit, which said that he was front and center of the media after the rampage, through the foundation and the DPA.

Mata's response was that to question the foundation put a dark cloud over it, and that it was 'shameful'. In an emailed response to NBC DFW, the DPA said:

“Through the overwhelming outpouring of support and financial assistance in the aftermath of last July’s ambush shooting of five police officers, the Assist The Officer program received millions of dollars in donations to aid the officers’ families, including spouses and children.

In response to such a tragedy, and in consultation with attorneys for the Assist the Officer Foundation and attorneys from another large Dallas based non-profit, which donated approximately 20% of the funds received, our volunteer board comprised of active duty and reserve police officers decided to establish a trust to distribute the donated funds in order to guarantee the financial security of the widows and children of the officers slain in the line of duty.

Together, attorneys for the Assist the Officer Foundation and for another large Dallas-based non-profit, worked diligently to draft the trusts in a manner that would provide protection to the family members.

The majority of these trusts have been funded with a local bank serving as the initial trustee. The Assist the Officer Foundation has tried repeatedly to fund the trusts for Mrs. Ahrens and her children but have been informed that she refuses to accept the funds in trust for herself or her children.

It's unfortunate a law firm has filed this law suit as it could threaten the financial security of many police officers and their families in the future.

Dallas Police Association."

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bluewife

Her family is not the only family that did not receive funds. The Walker family which has nothing to do with Dallas has not received any funds either nor has a trust been for each of these 4 children been established. The LEPD opened all the mail and removed contents as well. A Capital One account was established by that local PD which holds funds which have not been received to date. Guns and Hoses Funds were directed to Jerry's Mother and not to the 4 children by the Chief of Police. They are currently in a probate battle with said estranged grandmother because she has contested the probate of these children. She has been given guardianship over the funds of the youngest child but does not have legal guardianship of the child. LEPD and the estranged grandmother and the MARRIED 24 year old girlfriend cleaned out the contents of his residence without providing an inventory to the oldest child which was his legal next of kin. When asked he was refused. LEPD took all of his weapons which are valued at thousands and refused to give an inventory to the next of kin (legal). A year later the family is STILL having to go through this ordeal. If funds were donated to the Capital one, go fund me, ATOF or sent through the mail to the attn: LEPD they were not received. Jerry still has a temporary grave marker. The PD is building a park and adding statues to the front of their building yet have not given their officer the proper burial marker other officers have received. What happened to the burial benefits? The funeral was of no charge. The grandmother is trying to make the burial marker be taken from the kid's estate even though she was given thousands of dollars in life insurance and Guns and Hoses Funds.