He may have identified himself but he was not on duty for the department. Was in fact working as a musician at the time of the shooting not as an officer. If you want to split hairs.<quoted text>
Sonny was killed in the line of duty. A patron pulled out a gun when Sonny was off duty at a local bar where he was playing guitar. Sonny identified himself as a police officer and ordered the patron to drop the gun. The patron shot Sonny.
The point is other officers have been honored and remembered. Keeping in mind that past departments may not have had the funds or approval to do much they still honored the deceased. Currently we have a department and political heads who will attend to these important matters.