...“Giving Peterson police powers, the possession of the assault rifle, and training in its use exacerbated Peterson’s anti-social mental condition as it emboldened him to exert anti-social power and control over others and thereby increased the risk of harm to the public”...
AMENDED COMPLAINT: CRANDON SHOOTER HAD A MENTAL CONDITION
Rhinelander Daily News
By Heather Schaefer
May 5, 2009
[Excerpts] The families of four young people killed by off-duty police officer Tyler Peterson Oct. 7, 2007 are claiming the officer had a mental condition and should never have been hired by the city of Crandon and Forest County. In an amended wrongful death complaint filed April 29, the families of Bradley Schultz, Lindsey Stahl, Katrina McCorkle and Lianna Thomas, as well as shooting survivor Charlie Neitzel III, claim Peterson was suffering from an “anti-social mental condition” when he was recruited by the two departments and should not have been appointed to Forest County’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). Early on the morning of Oct. 7, 2007, Peterson, 20, showed up at the home of his estranged girlfriend, Jordanne Murray, apparently looking to reconcile... The two argued and Murray asked Peterson to leave. He complied but came back with an assault rifle and started shooting, firing about 30 shots at the people at the party... Through his participation in SERT, Peterson was issued an assault rifle and was taught how to shoot at human targets, the complaint states. “Giving Peterson police powers, the possession of the assault rifle, and training in its use exacerbated Peterson’s anti-social mental condition as it emboldened him to exert anti-social power and control over others and thereby increased the risk of harm to the public,” the amended complaint states. The amended complaint also states the city of Crandon and Forest County had a duty to determine that Peterson was free from any emotional or mental condition that could affect his job performance and Forest County had a duty to appoint only experienced officers with the ability to maintain self-control as SERT members. Peterson was 19 years old and had only one year of experience in law enforcement when he was appointed to SERT... [Full article here]
LAWSUIT: TYLER PETERSON COMMITTED STATUTORY RAPE
May 6, 2009
[Excerpts] WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The lone survivor and parents of four young people killed in a shooting rampage by an off-duty sheriff's deputy claim in their multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit that the officer admitted as a teen he had sex with an underage girl. An amended lawsuit filed in Forest County Circuit Court last month adds the allegation that Forest County Deputy Tyler Peterson committed statutory rape in 2005 when he was 17. "Although he admitted to his actions, he was not prosecuted at the request of the victim and her father," the lawsuit said. The amended lawsuit, first obtained by The Daily News in Rhinelander, provided no other details about that allegation... [Full article here]
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[WI] LAWSUIT: Deputy/Officer Peterson who killed ex girlfriend, her friends, & self had mental condition & raped girl before being hired
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I hope they win. All of the horrible stories on this blog are proof that there is no psych screening in law enforcement and this needs to stop. This kid was 19? The average 19 year old, much less an anti-social one, is not mature enough to handle the power given to police. When they give angry or troubled young men badges they are creating a monster and then turning it loose on the community.ReplyDelete
Isn't it about time that cops are treated similarly to common folk? If I were in the same position, I would have been hauled off to jail and put away, but because this guy was given special treatment, good people are dead. I hope the attorneys win BIG and the truth comes out about the "behind the scenes" treatment by the department.ReplyDelete
That seems right to me.ReplyDelete
Lawsuits appear to be the only thing that pushes change.