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Complaint against Platteville police officer dismissed
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The Platteville Police and Fire Commission Wednesday night dismissed a complaint filed against police Lt. Jeff Haas.

The commission unanimously voted to dismiss the complaint filed by Platteville resident Zan Shields after Shields' testimony and evidence was presented after almost two hours of testimony and a 30-minute closed session.

Shields had charged that Haas, then an Officer in Charge, and retired Officer Ron Knutson had fabricated evidence when Shields was arrested for drunk driving after an incident at Country Kitchen in Platteville Nov. 13, 2003.

"I'm sorry the city had to go through this," said Haas after the meeting. He said the incident underscored the importance of recording interactions between police and the people they contact, and "I would have very much wanted recordings to be taken of this."

Shields said after the hearing that she plans to contact the U.S. Justice Department.

Read The Platteville Journal next week and for more on this story.