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Consultant finds appropriate response by Brown Deer PD to domestic abuse calls

BROWN DEER, WI (WTAQ) - A consultant hired by the village of Brown Deer said Tuesday that the police department responded appropriately to domestic abuse complaints against Radcliffe Haughton.

He’s the man who killed his wife and two other women at a Brookfield spa last October before killing himself.

Domestic violence experts Judith Munaker and Linda Besser said police did not follow state guidelines or their own policies when responding to previous abuse calls at Haughton’s Brown Deer home before the shootings.

Consultant Robert Willis’ new report said police acted properly and professionally during those calls. He did make some recommendations that included more training, and being more aggressive in domestic abuse contacts.

Both studies were done after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that police were called over two dozen times to Haughton’s home in 11 years, and never made an arrest for domestic violence.

Police said Haughton’s wife Zina was not cooperative during those calls.

A few weeks ago, state Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere proposed a series of bills in response to the Brown Deer case. One measure would require police to explain themselves to prosecutors, for calls in which they don’t make domestic abuse arrests.