Neenah Coverup Continues

April 27, 2016

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Neenah Coverup Continues

Police in Neenah, Wisconsin are still sitting on video of Swat officers shooting a man named Michael L. Funk outside a bike shop called Eagle Nation Cycles last December 5.

Funk and Eagle Nation owner Steven V. Erato were in the shop basement when a disgruntled customer named Brian T. Flatoff entered the shop armed with a MAC-10 semiautomatic pistol. Flatoff had sold his motorcycle to pay his lawyer in a drunk driving case. Then he wanted his motorcycle back.

Funk went upstairs to deal with Flatoff and told Erato to lock himself in and call police. Neenah sent a Swat team.

Twelve Shots

Funk was eventually able to escape, and as he ran from the shop police shot and killed him. A police statement said Funk was shot because he was carrying a pistol and that he, “did not comply with officers’ instructions to drop the firearm and was subsequently shot at by one or more officers on scene,”

Although video of the event has not been released to the general public, a lawyer for the dead man’s widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, did see the video in March. The lawyer’s name is Howard Schoenfeld and after he saw what happened he filed a $3.5 million wrongful death claim against the city of Neenah and three Neenah cops named Craig Hoffer, Jonathan Kuffel and Robert Ross.

The claim alleges “No warning was given to Michael that he was at risk for being shot by the police” and that the three, Neenah police riflemen “collectively fired at least twelve shots” at Funk. “Michael was hit at least five times,” the claim states. “One of the shots went through Michael’s forehead.”

Unambiguously False

On April Fools Day the Neenah police issued a written statement that said some statements in the claim were “unambiguously false” and that Funk had not been shot in the head.

Because there has been an epidemic of fatal police shootings in America and because it has been almost five months since Funk was killed, USA Today filed a public-records request for the video with the Neenah Police Department. So far Neenah has kept the video out of the public’s eye.

Winnebago County Deputy District Attorney Scott Ceman told the newspaper he wasn’t going to release the video because he doesn’t “want to create any sensationalism or undue pretrial publicity that would impinge on Mr. Flatoff’s rights to get a fair trial here.” It is a distressingly familiar excuse for maintaining official secrecy after fatal police shootings.

Flatoff faces a total of 16 felony charges, including murder and attempted murder. He is being held on $500,000 bail and could be sentenced to 300 years in prison. There is a preliminary hearing in the case today.

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21 Responses to “Neenah Coverup Continues”

  1. Gandalf Says:

    edit: They were arrested because they were witnesses who would (NOT) tell LE what they wanted to hear.

  2. Gandalf Says:

    @Txpsycho. I don’t have to be a “Police Expert” or a 1%er to see 39 people arrested in Waco, Held on 1,000,000 bond, called “gang Members” and had their Pics posted in the News Media in an orange jumpsuit…. ONLY TO HAVE NO CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST THEM. They were arrested because they were witnesses who would tell LE what they wanted to hear. As a Texan I’m sure you are as outraged as myself about the 39 falsely arrested and Troll the internet in the hope of justice in Waco… Right? Or do you just Troll here because of the “injustice” you feel Rebel & Co are dishing out to these Officers in Wisconsin?

  3. Gandalf Says:

    @ Atxpsycho. “We respond not out of hate, but out of OUTRAGE at the injustices that are constantly shoved down our throats.” TY Casper.

  4. Base Says:

    Atxpsycho Says:

    April 30, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I’d like to take each one of you negative posters and put you in the same situation and see how you react. It is so easy to sit back and judge a video. That is not the same thing as being there, but hey, the internet makes everybody a police expert and a 1% all in the same day. Tragedy happens in a micro second. I appreciate the Rebel’s page, just get sick of the automatic hate. My 2 cents, carry one.

    Been there, done that & didn’t murder anyone that wasn’t shooting at me.

    Here try this on for size:Atx

    I’d like you specifically Atx to experience the police destroying your property, assaulting & attacking you, your family and friends & see how you react. It is so easy to sit back and judge comments on web site. That is not the same thing as being a victim of one of these assaults, but hey, the internet makes everybody a police expert and a 1% all in the same day. Theses assaults happen in a micro second. Does not matter if kids or elderly, terminally ill are present, in fact doesn’t matter if you are innocent. I appreciate the Rebel’s page, just get sick of the automatic “the cops did no wrong” even in a situation like this with overwhelming evidence that they did it all wrong”. You police/fans come in popping off how we have it wrong.

    Here is something to view & it’s interactive.

    http://www.cato.org/raidmap

    That’s my 2 cents worth Atx, step off!

  5. Casper T Ghost Says:

    @Atxpsycho I took your challenge- I spent 6 combat deployments in Iraq. Never once did I shoot anyone in the back. Living in a foreign country where most people wanted to kill me- I still had to wait until I was shot at to return fire. in America the country I fought for- the same police who are too cowardly to fight an actual war- I can turn on youtube and see 20 vids of Police murdering citizens.

    @Atxpsycho- your cowardly shameful defense of these murdering power hungry lying cunt police is inexcusable and I can say with certainty that your family and friends who know you- know that you are as big a cunt as the piggers you defend. Of course apologists like you don’t run your mouth outside the internet so maybe you are a bigger coward than those you defend.
    We respond not out of hate, but out of OUTRAGE at the injustices that are constantly shoved down our throats.

  6. Erin Go Braughe Says:

    Off topic Rebel, just want ya to know what is going on in Europe (which I read on the AP Lines), “Russian biker gang Night Wolves refused entry into Poland.” Same old BS. Thanks for all you do….

  7. cwb_joker Says:

    Reminds me of the same type of citizen payed murder went on in waco.
    Used be feds had license to kill,It must of reached out to swat now.

    http://youtu.be/lPu-kBh1gkw

  8. Phuquehed Says:

    @Atxpsycho – Just adding to what Merciful Fate said, you fucking pig/pig apologist…there’s probably many of us on here who *have* been in those exact situations, many, many times and never *had* to shoot anyone. For most of those, it was called war/combat, so kiss my/our dick.

    Face it, you or the pig fucks you suck the dicks of are nothing but a bunch of pussies who couldn’t bring in a 10 year old girl without having to have guns out on her and MRAP’s and fag SWAT boys guarding your pussy asses.

  9. Mercyful Fate Says:

    @Atxpsycho: take your 2 cents and shove them up your ass. The backlash you are experiencing is due directly to the increase in unjustified killings by your trigger-happy friends in blue. The “negativity” that you hilariously put forth exists not just on this page but around the nation. Even the british rag The Guardian has been keeping count of the innocents killed by you dumb fucks.

    Matthew 7:5
    Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye

  10. Atxpsycho Says:

    I’d like to take each one of you negative posters and put you in the same situation and see how you react. It is so easy to sit back and judge a video. That is not the same thing as being there, but hey, the internet makes everybody a police expert and a 1% all in the same day. Tragedy happens in a micro second. I appreciate the Rebel’s page, just get sick of the automatic hate. My 2 cents, carry one.

  11. Meh Says:

    Cops had an armored vehicle which is ample defense against small arms yet they chose to panic and shoot or maliciously shoot.

    The flip side of armored cop trucks is that they can permit measured response to potential threats. (Opponents with RPG or ATGW aren’t yet common in the US.)

    “Police brought an armored vehicle into the alley after Funk was shot, but they made no attempt to help him.

    When Neenah acquired its armored military surplus truck in May 2014, police justified the acquisition to elected officials by saying it could be used for protection when confronting armed, barricaded suspects. They also said it could be used to evacuate people from an unsafe scene.”

    If a department has an MRAP they should fucking well be expected to use that DEFENSIVE ARMOR instead of parking it at the donut stand. Of course viable defensive options could make going Rambo harder to justify…

    http://www.infowars.com/wisconsin-police-reassure-residents-they-wont-be-shot-at-from-military-truck/

  12. rd Says:

    As is the case with most cops, these guys are completely WORTH LESS HUMAN BEINGS!

  13. Athan1821 Says:

    Video was just released.

  14. TX_Biker Says:

    The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie……

  15. oldskewl Says:

    What a fucking tragedy. First you run for your life from a maniac with a mac-10 then you get killed by a bunch of trigger happy Barney Fife’s.

    ACAB

  16. BMW Says:

    The actual murderers in uniform get away! The dead victim was suing the cops? Funny how he ends up dead and the cops and original perpetrators go on breathing…
    BMW

  17. stlrzfan Says:

    The Largest Armed Gang in America.

  18. Meh Says:

    All LEO should be required to wear body cams in operational condition.

    Fuck “he said, she said”, show us the video.

    Our sheeple public created a law enforcement monster inherently susceptible to corruption. Americans are more likely to be shot by the cops than killed by (foreign) terrorists.

    http://www.copblock.org/

  19. gooch Says:

    Nothing new here in Wisconsin. It may be we have some of the dirtiest cops in the country. In my town alone, in the last year, cops busted for planting evidence. Cops busted for stealing drug evidence. Cops shooting one person go on leave then the day they return shoot and kill another.

    The laws have been changed thanks to the Mike Bell Case. Where an unarmed 18 year old was shot and killed in front of his mother and sister at point blank range. Now the police here can’t investigate themselves anymore. (although since the law was past, the independent investigators have not found any wrong doing)

    Last October they shot and killed a man in front of his wife, 18 year old son and 10 year old daughter. All he did was dump his motorcycle.

    and the list goes on and on and on.

    Wisconsin is very heavily populated with a lot of great MC’s. We are strong here, and close nit.

    It’s the police that are way out of control, and it’s been that way as long as I can remember.

    Rebel On!

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