Zina Haughton's attorney sheds light on interactions with Brown Deer police
Officers were very helpful, supportive of murder victim
Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Police Department was involved with and gave more help to Zina Haughton than the public thinks, attorney Lisa Martin told Brown Deer police in an interview with them yesterday. Brown Deer police released the audio of the interview to media earlier today.
Martin represented Zina Haughton in the domestic abuse hearing and divorce proceedings against her husband, Radcliffe Haughton, who killed Zina, two others, and injured four before taking his own life at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield on Sunday.
Martin takes issue with what she is calling the public misperception that Radcliffe wasn't arrested for the Jan. 8, 2011, standoff between Radcliffe and Brown Deer police.
"I'm hearing over and over that Brown Deer never arrested Radcliffe Haughton for the incident of January 2011, and clearly (in circuit court records) it shows an in-court arrest and the bail bond being posted," Martin said. "He paid cash, and was issued a no-contact order. He was clearly arrested, and yet everybody thinks he wasn't arrested."
Zina was unaware of the no-contact order issued by the court, which would have kept Radcliffe away from her and the family, Martin said. Radcliffe ignored the order, Zina testified in the October 2012 domestic abuse hearing.
Martin added that that media is mischaracterizing the relationship between Zina and police.
"(The stories don't) reflect the contacts that Zina had with the Brown Deer Police Department," Martin said, "and don't reflect the services they rendered to her."
She said police were diligent throughout the dispute at the Haughton household.
"Zina truly appreciated all of the work that Brown Deer (police) did to help her," Martin said. "(Brown Deer police) got through to her, and it takes a long time to get through to victims of domestic abuse."
Martin recalled that officers were helpful in the domestic abuse hearing, making themselves available to her and bringing a "two-inch high" stack of reports to the proceeding.
"If the officers had not appeared and had not testified, I don't know for certain if the restraining order would have been issued," she said, adding that the officers sat outside the courtroom with Zina and Radcliffe's daughter, whom Radcliffe had brought to testify, though the court would not allow it.
The two officers stayed after the decision was made to issue the restraining order, Martin said, something they didn't have to do.
"They walked Zina and I back out to my car to make sure we were safe all the way to the car," she said. "That is not something that has typically ever happened for me."
Zina, like so many other domestic abuse victims, feared for her safety when considering police intervention, Martin said.
"They (domestic abuse victims) don't think like we do. They don't process like we do. They live in a war zone, and they are told over and over and over that terrible things will befall them if they try to get away, if they try to get help, and it takes sometimes (for me) three or four contacts with women to get them to finally get to the point where they're ready to get a restraining order and ready to file."
In the 2011 incident, as well as a 2012 incident where Brown Deer police found Zina with facial bruising at a gas station, Martin said Zina was also trying to keep their daughter from seeing police arrest her father.
"She very specifically didn't ever want her daughter to see him arrested," Martin said.
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