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Two lawmakers criticize colleagues for letter about Brown Deer PD

State Representative Dan Knodl (R-Brown Deer)
State Representative Dan Knodl (R-Brown Deer)

BROWN DEER, WI (WTAQ) - The two state legislators who represent Brown Deer say 12 of their colleagues were out of line for criticizing the way village police treated Brookfield spa murderer Radcliffe Haughton.

The 12 lawmakers, led by Madison Assembly Democrat Terese Berceau, demanded a state investigation.

They accused Brown Deer Police of violating a state law that requires an arrest during domestic abuse calls. They said Haughton should have been arrested for at least two previous incidents, including a standoff in which he apparently pointed a gun at his wife. And the legislators took Brown Deer’s police chief to task for blaming the killer’s wife for not being cooperative enough with officers.

Assembly Republican Dan Knodl, who represents Brown Deer, called the letter from the 12 lawmakers inappropriate – especially while Haughton’s murder victims are still grieving.

Senate Republican Alberta Darling said she wants to get to the bottom of the matter – but she called her colleagues’ letter a “knee-jerk” reaction.

Knodl said Brown Deer officials are discussing the matter internally, and he expects action.

The police chief has asked the state Justice Department for extra training for domestic abuse cases. Governor Scott Walker has called for a general review of the state’s abuse laws.