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Experts rip Brown Deer PD over Haughton domestic case

CREATED Oct. 24, 2012

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BROWN DEER - Experts are slamming the performance of the Brown Deer Police Department in a domestic violence case involving Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe Houghton.

The situation also involved his wife Zina, whom he shot and killed Sunday. 

Several public safety experts tell the Journal Sentinel Brown Deer Police failed to protect public safety. 

One of those experts is David Thomas, a former SWAT team member and domestic violence program leader at Johns Hopkins University.

"On the face of it, it seems just unacceptable," said Thomas to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.  "This was a felony that occurred in the officer's presence."

"There was ample opportunity to gain the information necessary to hold this individual accountable."

Thomas says you should always err on the side of safety. 

"You don't have to have 100 percent proof of something in order to go ahead and tacke action."

A specialist in police force at the University of Missouri-St. Louis says that officers clearly had probable cause to believe Houghton

Another expert told the Journal Sentinel that the man committed a felony in front of officers, and they couldn't let the man stay outside of police custody.