Wisconsin business at center of shooting involved in lawsuit with city, police

A man who died in a shooting Saturday at Eagle Nation Cycles has been identified as Michael L. Funk, according to attorney Cole White, who spoke to WBAY’s sister station WISN on Sunday.

White represented Funk in a lawsuit against the city of Neenah.


NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) — In November 2014, Eagle Nation Cycles filed a federal lawsuit against several people and agencies, including the City of Neenah, Neenah Police Department, and the police chief.

In December 2015, Winnebago County filed to dismiss the case because the plaintiffs, the business and those inside the building during a search warrant, hadn’t shown up for hearings.

They were looking for $50 million in punitive damages, $200,000 for loss of income, and $200,000 in compensatory damages.

They said a search warrant executed in 2012 violated their 4th and 14th amendment rights.

The lawsuit said in September 2012, law enforcement officers saw an alleged drug exchange take place in the alley behind Eagle Nation Cycles and determined a heroin sale took place.

It said officers claim the target went into Eagle Nation Cycles.

A search warrant was requested, claiming the building was being used to manufacture and distribute drugs.

The next afternoon, the lawsuit states the Neenah Police Department, Neenah SWAT team, and Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAMEG) executed the search warrant with, what is stated as “hyper-militarized force” with an “armoured tank-like vehicle outside of Eagle Nation.”

It said those inside the building suffered from emotional and psychological distress and no evidence of drug manufacturing or distribution was found, but a small amount of marijuana was found.

One of the plaintiffs was charged with 14 felony counts and spent eight days behind bars.

It said 13 of the 14 counts were erroneous Felon in Possession of a Firearm charges, because it said the man did not have possession of any firearms.

Action 2 News called the plaintiffs’ lawyer and the Neenah Police chief for comment and at the time of publishing had not received a response.

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