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Brian Flatoff guilty of all charges- Cops walk free killing an innocent man during standoff in Neenah – Motorcycle dispute led to incident

By James “Hollywood” Macecari

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Brian Flatoff  was found guilty on numerous charges yesterday relating to the Neenah Hostage situation that occurred at a motorcycle shop. What didn’t happen? The cops who got trigger happy and killed Michael Funk didn’t get charged, Micheal Funk was the hostage running out the door.The cops claimed he had a gun and pointed it at them. What kind of Bullshit is that? These cops really think that a hostage, who was being held captive,  got his chance to escape, would run out and point a gun at a bunch of cops? I call bullshit. If that is the case why the hell didn’t he turn it on this Brian Flatoff?

It’s called cover your ass mode. Something cops get to do when us citizens are held to a different standard. Is anyone else getting tired of hearing the “I feared for my life crap?” This place was surrounded by Swat. You mean to tell me that these idiots feared for their life behind a mini 14 or AR 15? Give me a damn break.

When asked for comment at the time, all the cops could do is come out with a department policy. No! how about a independent investigation? Where is the DOJ when something that truly justifies an investigation? Oh, that’s right. Bikers don’t go around burning their towns up so we don’t get the same equal treatment. Take a look at this half ass explanation and let me know your thoughts.

 

Police standoff procedures

Wilkinson and Community Liaison Officer Edgar A. Gonzalez said they couldn’t speak specifically about Saturday’s standoff, but they did provide information about general policies.

During an active shooter scenario, if officers hear shots, they form a team and make entry as quickly as possible, Gonzalez said.

“The key with the active shooter is that the more time that passes, the more lives are lost,” he said. “With a hostage-taking situation, it typically slows things to the degree that we need to try to establish communications because there’s a reason that the hostage is still there and still alive.”

If officers come under gunfire, they have the option of moving to a point of cover, Gonzalez said.

When it comes to confronting an armed person, it comes down to the officer’s perception of danger, he said.

“With a gun, you have a lot of range where you can hurt somebody and potentially kill someone,” Gonzalez said. “When we encounter an armed person, we have very little time to make a decision. When we tell a person to drop their weapon and they don’t do it, then we have to immediately raise our perception of threat.”

Erato said he wants to see video that was taken during the incident.

“If they got him aiming a gun and threatening police, then he deserved to have gotten what happened, but I absolutely guarantee you that he did not do that,” Erato said.

“He was a hostage, escaping, and got shot, which is very hard for us to live with,” he said.

Erato has said if he had to do it over again, he would have taken his bow from the basement and fired at the gunman.

“Michael and me both made the mistake of counting on police,” he said. “This only reinforces our pro-concealed-carry permit, that people need to defend themselves because if you’re going to wait on the police, that’s not going to happen and they may shoot you when you go out the door.”

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Source ABC News 2

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A jury has found Brian Flatoff guilty of all charges related to a deadly motorcycle shop hostage situation and standoff in Neenah.

On Friday evening, the jury came back with a verdict finding Flatoff responsible for all 14 counts related to the events at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

The charges include Felony Murder for the death of hostage Michael Funk; and two counts of Attempted Homicide for shooting at Neenah Police Officers Craig Hoffer and Jonathan Kuffel.

Flatoff was also convicted of conspiracy to kill his friend Vance Dalton.

Flatoff represented himself for much of the trial, which started Monday. The trial was scheduled for three weeks, but both sides wrapped their case after a week.

On Thursday, Flatoff asked the judge if he could have an attorney represent him for the remainder of the trial. Judge John Jorgensen agreed and appointed standby counsel Ben Szilagyi to take over the case. Szilagyi asked for a mistrial but the judge denied that motion.

On Friday, both sides delivered closing arguments before handing the case over to the jury.

“Witness after witness came forward here during this trial and presented you with overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt of these charges,” said Scott Ceman, Winnebago County prosecutor.

Szilagyi said, “But as you read about false imprisonment, and as you read about the elements of false imprisonment and as you attempt to see if this false imprisonment of Michael Funk happened, and if so was it a substantial factor in his death? That you will say no.”

Investigators say Flatoff went to Eagle Nation Cycles on Dec. 5, 2015, to kill Dalton. Flatoff had accused Dalton of stealing his motorcycle.

“You heard numerous statements from the defendant himself regarding his desire to kill Vance Dalton. The statements he made to agent Carroll after he was taken into custody, how he wanted to kill, cut his throat, fillet him over and over again, he wanted to kill Vance Dalton,” Ceman said during arguments.

Dalton was not there, but Flatoff, armed with a gun, took three people in the shop hostage. That escalated to a shootout with law enforcement.

Hostage Michael Funk was shot and killed by police after he escaped the cycle shop during the shootout. Prosecutors charged Flatoff with Felony Murder for Funk’s death because of the incidents they say he set in motion that day.

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The second phase of the trial will start on Monday. The jury will have to determine if Flatoff was mentally fit to commit the crimes. In January, Flatoff entered pleas of “not guilty by mental disease or defect.”

Here are the list of charges and the verdict:

Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony – GUILTY

Attempted 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide (OFFICER HOFFER) – GUILTY

Attempted 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide (OFFICER KUFFEL) – GUILTY

Conspiracy to Commit 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide (VANCE DALTON) – GUILTY

Taking Hostages/Release w/o Bodily Harm (HOSTAGE RYAN MODERSON) – GUILTY

False Imprisonment (HOSTAGE MICHAEL PETERSON) – GUILTY

Felony Murder (HOSTAGE MICHAEL FUNK) – GUILTY

Fail/Comply-Officer/Person into Custody – GUILTY

Bail Jumping-Felony – GUILTY

Bail Jumping-Felony – GUILTY

Bail Jumping-Felony – GUILTY

Bail Jumping-Felony – GUILTY

Bail Jumping-Felony – GUILTY

Bail Jumping-Felony – GUILTY

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