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Mother of Dahmer Victim Sues Police

November 25, 1991 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The mother of a man Jeffrey L. Dahmer admitted murdering has sued three police officers, saying racism contributed to their failure to arrest the accused serial killer two months before her son’s death.

Catherine Lacy’s lawsuit said the officers decided not to arrest Dahmer on May 27, when they returned a naked Laotian boy to Dahmer’s apartment, and ultimately led to the death of her 23-year-old son, Oliver Lacy.

Two of the officers have been fired over the return of the 14-year-old boy. The third was suspended.

Ms. Lacy’s Circuit Court suit, filed Friday, seeks unspecified damages.

Dahmer, who has admitted killing 17 males since 1978, told police he killed Lacy on July 15 after luring him to his Milwaukee apartment.

The lawsuit names police officers Joseph T. Gabrish, John A. Balcerzak and Richard Porubcan.

Police Chief Philip Arreola fired Gabrish and Balcerzak on Sept. 6 for returning the naked boy to Dahmer after rejecting witnesses’ complaints the boy was endangered.

Ms. Lacy’s lawsuit said the officers, who are white, refused to listen to black witnesses’ complaints and should be held responsible for failing to arrest Dahmer.

City Attorney Grant F. Langley said he had not seen the suit and had no comment.

Relatives of three other males Dahmer admitted killing have filed similar lawsuits against the officers. In addition, three families have sued Dahmer, seeking $9 billion in damages.