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Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy involved in deadly crash now suing county, sheriff

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 20:34:25-05

MILWAUKEE — A deputy with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office involved in a deadly crash is now suing the county, Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas, and Captain Jason Hodel with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Internal Affairs Division.

Deputy Joel Streicher is accused of running a red light and causing a crash that killed a man last month. Ceasar Stinson, a community leader and MPS lobbyist, was killed in the crash. The deputy has not been charged.

According to the complaint, a public records request was filed after the crash, which would include releasing information about the deputy's disciplinary record. Captain Hodel informed Streicher that he decided the records should be released.

The complaint claims the defendants "have an obligation to perform a balancing test to determine whether the harm to the public from disclosure of the records outweighs the benefit to the public of disclosing the records." It says the defendents "failed to fully consider the public's interest in protecting privacy and the harm that releasing the records may cause the public."

Streicher's attorney argues the disclosure of the information involving Streicher would cause harm to Streicher's reputation and that it shouldn't be released.

TMJ4 News reached out to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office for comment, and we're told they cannot comment on open litigation.

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