Milwaukee Residents Protest Police Shooting Of Mentally Ill Man
While Ferguson, Missouri awaits to see whether police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the shooting of the unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown, residents of Milwaukee are divided over a similar issue.
Six months ago, a policeman fatally shot an unarmed mentally ill homeless man. The officer was white. The man, Dontre Hamilton, was black. Protests over the handling of the case have been racially charged and have built since the shooting.
Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney was fired for violating the department rules in the events leading up to the shooting, but Hamilton’s family and supporters want him criminally charged as well.
Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. wrote a letter to the District Attorney John Chisholm, calling on him to determine any charges or resign. Ald. Davis spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young about that letter and the situation facing the community.
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