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Deputy promoted before using excessive force


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County sheriff's deputy was promoted to a higher rank months before he used excessive force on a resisting,  partially restrained suspect.

Sheriff David Mahoney has declined to identify the former deputy.   But law enforcement sources confirmed for WKOW27 News the former deputy is 34-year old Peter Schreier.    

In May 2010,  Mahoney promoted Schreier to a higher deputy rank.   Schreier worked in the jail's central booking,  and was hired in 2007.

Mahoney fired Schreier last month as a result of Schreier's police brutality against a suspect,  homeless man Jeffrey Vance.  

Officials said the excessive force took place as Schreier and others tried to get Vance into the jail in January.   Sheriff's officials said Schreier punched and elbowed Vance in the chest and stomach.  

Vance was hospitalized,  but authorities have not released information on the extent of his injuries.   Madison police squad car video shows a handcuffed Vance kicking at the car's doors and banging his head on the car's interior as he was transported to the jail.

An attempt to reach Schreier for comment at his Verona home was unsuccessful.

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