Milwaukee shooting victim’s family comes to Chicago for support

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Supporters of a man shot and killed in Milwaukee by a police officer earlier this year came to Chicago today for a rally in his memory at Rainbow Push Headquarters.

Family members say Dontre Hamilton was mentally ill. He was killed after a struggle with a white officer in April.

There was no question, supporters of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton were here seeking out the national platform Rainbow Push and Jessie Jackson can give to an issue.

Their message was simple, despite the district attorney in Wisconsin saying last week the shooting was justified.

They want the cop who shot Hamilton held criminally responsible.

Reverend Jessie Jackson looked as if he was holding Sunday services rather than a rally for civil rights, specifically the civil rights Dontre Hamilton.

Hamilton’s family says he was schizophrenic and was spending an April day in a Milwaukee park when officers approached, Officer Christopher Manney began padding him down, Hamilton didn't like it and Manney pulled out his baton, which Hamilton got a hold of and hit him with it. That's when Manney pulled out his gun and shot him 14 times.

Months later the district attorney found the shooting justified but Manney was fired, not for killing Hamilton but, for violating department rules on approaching and searched Hamilton.

While more recent cases of police involved shootings are currently making headlines, like Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, Hamilton's family and their attorney emphasized this is not an anti-police rally.

Instead the family and Jackson plan to rally support behind better care for the mentally ill and a federal probe looking in to see if Hamilton's civil rights were violated that day in April.

Jackson says he plans to travel to Milwaukee to rally with Hamilton’s family sometime in the near future but plans are still being worked out at the moment.

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3 comments

  • John

    Dontre attacked a police officer…..he was a CRIMINAL. The officer did what he needed to do in order to save his own life. The rest of the country should be sick and tired of these race hustlers trying to take advantage of the law. Dontre was a criminal….plain and simple. Criminal. He attacked an officer. Done!