Lawsuit alleges excessive force by Neenah Police Department


A women from Neenah has filed a federal lawsuit against the Neenah Police Department for the wrongful death of her husband Michael L. Funk.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports:

The widow of Michael L. Funk filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Neenah and the two Neenah police officers who shot and killed her husband.

The federal lawsuit brought by Theresa Mason-Funk says the force used by Craig Hoffer and Robert Ross was “unnecessary, unreasonable and excessive.”

“Many of the shots fired by officers Hoffer and Ross struck Michael in the back,” says the lawsuit.

The 14-page complaint, which does not specify a dollar amount, also quotes a comment made by Hoffer after Funk was shot. As Funk lay in an alley, Sgt. Angie Eichmann asked Hoffer whether she should check on the victim.

“(Expletive) that,” Hoffer responded. “I could care less right now if he sits there and dies.”

Neenah police wouldn’t tend to Funk for more than 30 minutes. He was shot nine times and died on the pavement.

For more, visit, Appleton Post-Crescent


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