Audit: Police responded appropriately in Haughton case

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BROWN DEER (WITI) -- An independent audit of how the Brown Deer Police Department (BDPD) handled its dealings with Radcliffe Haughton, the Azana Salon & Spa suspect, finds the police agency responded appropriately and professionally.

Haughton shot and killed three women and wounded four others when he walked into Azana Salon & Spa on Sunday, October 21, 2012. He later turned the gun on himself. Records show Brown Deer police responded to the Haughton residence, where Radcliffe lived with Zina Daniel, multiple times prior to the mass shooting in Brookfield.

Village officials hired Wisconsin Law Enforcement Instructor Robert Willis in November 2012 to conduct the review of all police contacts with the Haughtons within Brown Deer. Officials instructed Willis that he has “no restraints on the scope or depth of his review.”

The 171-page report is being called the Willis Report -- after the report's author. Again, it finds no glaring mistakes and no negligence on the part of Brown Deer police that led to the mass shooting in Brookfield.

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But not everyone agrees. Included in the Willis Report are differing opinions from domestic violence experts, one saying Brown Deer police made 20 crucial mistakes in their dealings with the Haughtons. It details what happened in 27 police calls to the Haughton home from 2001 to 2012. Willis writes only a small number are classified as domestic violence incidents.

"We know that domestic abuse is a pattern of control that can include many things one of which includes physical violence. emotional, mental, sexual abuse begins and it's a pattern," said Advocate Carmen Pitrie of Sojourner Family Peace Center.

FOX6 News spoke with Robert Willis by phone on Tuesday. Willis believes in the end, those handling the case were good people who in good faith, did the best they could at the time.

However, Willis says he does not make recommendations for improvement in the future. Those recommendations include that Brown Deer police establish an early warning system database in which domestic violence incidents and suspects are flagged for police.

Willis says officers and supervisors at domestic abuse incidents should write detailed reports on what actions were taken, what actions were not taken (and why), and recommendations for future contact.

Willis recommends new technology, such as on-officer cameras -- recording devices each officer wears. The audio and video is then entered into an evidence database. Willis recommends a more aggressive approach to domestic abuse law enforcement contact.

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