EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The City of Eau Claire is being sued by a man shot by officers more than six years ago. A deep dive into how the city’s attorneys plan to argue their case and select potential jurors.
After Officer Hunter Braatz shot Tyler Holte on April 1, 2015, a special agent from the State’s Department of Justice performed their own investigation of the shooting. The city and Braatz are asking that the defense not be allowed to use the agent’s report as evidence, citing several errors. Noting that the errors were not realized until the special agent was interviewed just last week.
The city’s attorneys have requested they be allowed to ask potential jurors if they’ve supported any Black Lives Matter or defund the police efforts- such as protests over the shootings of George Floyd and Jacob Blake.
However, in a related filing attorney has asked the court that no materials be allowed in the trial that relates to recent “use of force” cases that have happened across the country.
Noting that some of the witnesses are police officers– attorneys would like to ask potential jurors if they believe officers are less credible or less believable than other people.
The trial is scheduled for next month in Madison. The city asked for it to be held in Eau Claire but judge James Peterson denied the request.