MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin legislators sent a letter to a suburban police chief accusing his department of allowing a man who fatally shot his wife and two others at a spa to elude accountability in his past run-ins with the agency.
The letter asks for an independent and transparent investigation of the Brown Deer Police Department’s interactions with Radcliffe Haughton and the department’s domestic violence policies and practices. Haughton opened fire on Oct. 21 at the Brookfield spa where his wife, Zina Haughton, worked and then killed himself.
The letter, signed by 10 Democrats and two Republicans, accuses the department of not upholding Wisconsin’s mandatory arrest law in domestic violence cases on two occasions when they believe Radcliffe Haughton should have been arrested. The letter also criticizes Chief Steven Rinzel for blaming the victim for not cooperating with police. Messages left for Rinzel and town officials were not immediately returned.