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Proposal would force cops to explain in court not arresting domestic violence suspect


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin police officers who don’t arrest anyone on a domestic violence call would have to tell prosecutors why, under a new series of measures in the Legislature.

Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere says authorities can do more to bring domestic abusers to justice.

That was apparently shown last fall, after Brown Deer Police were called on the carpet for not arresting Radcliffe Haughton after numerous complaints that he abused his wife. Haughton killed his wife Zina last fall at the Brookfield spa where she worked – and he two other women, and then himself.

Jacque is proposing three bills – one of which would make officers document all abuse cases, even if no arrests are made. Stalking, which is already against the law, would also be considered domestic abuse where appropriate. And Jacque’s third bill requires that a restraining order stay in place against a domestic abuse defendant who requests a different judge for their cases.

Right now, a judge’s restraining order is dropped if that judge is replaced.

Jacque’s bills are getting bi-partisan support. Assembly Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee is among the co-sponsors.