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Mon May 3, 2021, 11:31 PM

Court records show Oneida Casino restaurant shooter had history of harassment

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Court records show a restraining order and an injunction were recently filed against the man identified as the gunman who killed two people and seriously injured another person Saturday evening at a restaurant inside the Radisson at the Oneida Casino complex.

After authorities identified 62-year-old Bruce Pofahl as the shooter Monday during a news conference, Action 2 News dug into his past to see what his previous court records could tell about him.

We found that since the end of February, Pofahl had been cited for harassment, and also had a temporary restraining order filed against him by a woman listing him as a ‘former supervisor’. Since the woman is considered a victim of stalking, Action 2 News is not identifying her.

In the paperwork, the court granted an injunction, saying Pofahl couldn’t have contact with or harass her - but, it did not bar him from possessing guns.

https://www.wbay.com/2021/05/03/court-records-show-oneida-casino-restaurant-shooter-had-history-of-harassment/

What I can't understand is why judges and courts imagine that restraining orders are actually going to restrain mentally ill people.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 11:43 PM

1. Restraining orders are often the only recourse the courts have. Mental illness...

brings up whole 'nother can of worms. I don't understand why someone under a restraining order is allowed to have guns.

All if this requires legislation. A local court is limited in what it can do, and just ordering people to hand in guns, or be restrained for mental problems is often not in their purview without legislation.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue May 4, 2021, 07:06 AM

2. How would not "allowing" someone to have guns keep them from having guns?

The only way to keep them from having guns is to place them in a setting where their behavior can be supervised and controlled while they receive medical attention and behavioral modification treatment.

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Response to Klaralven (Reply #2)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:49 AM

8. On rereading the article, there seems to be a checkbox on the order about whether or...

he would be a danger if he had a gun.

Good question how that would be enforced.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 07:34 AM

3. Nothing in this article indicates he has a mental illness.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #3)

Tue May 4, 2021, 07:41 AM

4. ""Certainly, this individual is a threat. And it's obvious based upon his past activities,"

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Response to Klaralven (Reply #4)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:17 AM

5. None of that indicates he has a mental health issue, either.

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Response to Klaralven (Reply #4)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:29 AM

6. All that shows is he's a psychopath

Which is 100% not a mental illness.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #6)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:48 AM

7. "psychopath" literally means "mind" "disease" from the Greek words

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