No Indictment In Police Shooting Of Dontre Hamilton
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has announced that he will not be bringing charges against fired police officer Christopher Manney, who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton back in April, the AP reports.
According to Chisholm, “Manney’s use of force in this incident was justified self-defense and that defense cannot be reasonably overcome to establish a basis to charge Officer Manney with a crime.”
Manney insists that when he attempted to frisk Hamilton, he resisted and struck him with his own baton. The officer responded by opening fire on Hamilton, hitting him 14 times.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) issued a statement following the announcement slamming Chisholm for his decision. Her full statement reads:
“I am deeply disappointed in District Attorney John Chisholm’s decision to not press charges against Officer Christopher Manney in the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton. This decision is just one of many in recent weeks that continue to perpetuate a disheartening notion that there is a significant lapse in accountability for reckless officers and the behavior they employ in our communities.
For those who see this decision as a miscarriage of justice, I assure you that our efforts to pursue a fair and equitable outcome for the Hamilton family are far from over. In the coming days, I will be asking the Department of Justice to conduct their own investigation into this matter to ensure that Dontre’s death will not be in vain.
It is paramount that we channel our collective grief and frustration in a constructive manner. We must rigorously pursue justice, including changes to police procedure and training regarding the appropriate use of force. This, not violence, will honor Dontre’s memory. As a mother and grandmother, I can’t imagine the anguish and disappointment the Hamilton family must be feeling right now. My heart goes out to them during this painful time.”
Manney was fired by Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn back in October for what was claimed to be his failure to comply with department rules moments before the shooting, which resulted in an incident that left deadly force as his only option. Relatives of Hamilton have requested that a federal investigation be conducted.
The recent decision feels like yet another slap in the face off the Black community, which has been actively protesting against police brutality and excessive force.