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Officer Manney: Six citizen complaints filed against him in his 13 years

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- From the streets to City Hall, Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney has drawn both criticism and support. Manney shot and killed Hamilton in late April -- and lost his job for the events leading up to that shooting.

Through open records requests, FOX6 News has learned Manney has had six citizen complaints in his 13 years on the police force. The complaints range from a dispute over a traffic ticket to accusations of misuse of authority, harassment and excessive force.

Weeks ago, Shirley Gilmore shared her story with FOX6 News. In 2003, she says a confrontation with Officer Manney quickly escalated.

"He grabbed me by my arms and threw me," said Gilmore. "At that moment, I was really afraid for my life. It was just scary."

Gilmore's complaint went in front of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. Officer Manney was reprimanded for bad language.

But the complaints do not stop there. Officer Manney was also involved in a fight just outside of City Hall. He was called to the scene for a welfare check on a man dressed as a clown. That man was standing in the street with a toy gun. According to the criminal complaint, Manney approached the man and said he tried calming him down, but was unsuccessful. Manney says he then tried to issue a citation. That's when the man walked away and a scuffle ensued.

The man in the clown suit says it was "free speech." He filed a complaint with the Fire and Police Commission, saying Manney grabbed his arm, pulling him to the ground, beating him with his fist. The case was thrown out.

The man in the clown suit was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. FOX6 News tried to speak with him -- but he did not wish to go on camera.

FOX6 News also contacted Manney's attorney for comment, but he was not in the office. Calls were made to the Milwaukee Police Association, but not returned.

30 comments

    • 2econd

      yea it seems to be happening a lot more often lately. maybe a call into fox 6 may be in order to find out who’s moderating cause it seems like some get away with saying whatever they want…

  • 2econd

    before anyone criticizes Manning, how many complaints does the average officer receive that works in the ghetto with that many years. Also, why is that relevant to the shooting?

    • Really

      Same reason, the media and police pulls up school records and FB pages for all the unarmed people that been shot by cops. To try and make them look bad.

    • REAGAN 84

      Hey Meeghan,why don’t you GET A JOB and stop complaining about whitey. If they are worse than YOU ALL,why aren’ THEY the ones rioting and causing chaos when they don’t get their way? Why aren’t WHITES the ones commiting 80% of all the crime if they are worse than YOU?

    • rod

      a ghetto is a place where there are more drug dealers, prostitutes, drunks, and mentally ill, than people with reason to live!! Do you fit
      “IN”

    • bobby57

      Agreed 2econd. 6 complaints in 13 years??? One every other year??? That isn’t too bad at all. Each complaint is a separate encounter and we learn in the article that 1 was thrown out and 1 he was reprimanded on for language, nothing more. BFD. Nothing here folks….

  • Gary Hamilton

    They are deleting my comments also. I do not use vulgar language . I just disagree with the far left. I am going to have to quit following fox 6

  • Cathy

    Clowns holding toy guns and refusing to leave- deserve a citation – freedom of speech?? Really?? Kids can’t even bring toy guns to school- thanks fox 6 for your investigative expertise , but your barking up the wrong tree!

  • JC

    Wow talk about bleeding a story dry. If I was a cop I would have 6 complaints a year dealing with the lying people of this city.

  • bgiles

    I did have an experience with Officer Manney that made me uncomfortable with him being my beat cop. It happened approx. 6 months prior to the Red Arrow shooting. Officer Manney came into our offices to inform us that we should alert the police of any upcoming special events that might need extra attention or patrols. While this was perfectly normal, the language he used when discussing minorities was both highly offensive and completely unprovoked. He happened to see a flyer for a theatre show that we had displayed at reception and no doubt noticed that it featured a predominantly African-American cast. And he still chose to repeatedly use offensive language while having a “normal” conversation with our receptionist. Also, and I don’t know for certain that he noticed, she was reading a book by a prominent African American author at the time of Officer Manney’s visit. She was shaken enough to report the incidient to me. I now wish I had filed a complaint, but at the time discussed with her that if he were ever to come back she was to alert me, a group manager, or security. Having to alert security when a police officer enters your place of business? That seems like a glaring red flag to me.

    As for the clown incident- Officer Manney became known on his beat as Officer Manney, Clown-puncher. Most folks joked about it and I believe he wore it as a badge of honor.

    • diane

      So how many complaints have been filed in CCAP against Dontre? and did you file a complaint about this incident? you should have…as a citizen it is your duty and your right if you didn’t then don’t complain if it isn’t documented it didn’t happen

      • bgiles

        I realize now that it was wrong of me not to have filed a complaint against Manney. Maybe I could have made some small difference that might have made an impact on the officer, and maybe that would have led to additional training/counseling which could have prevented the shooting in Red Arrow Park. However small, there is a chance that a well-written complaint from a citizen might have made a difference.

        I firmly believe that the Commissioner made the right decision in firing Manney. While prior complaints against him should have some weight, I believe that his actions the day Hamilton was shot were far and away seriously negligent enough to warrant a firing. A fatal shooting of a human being is something that should be avoided at all costs, as is discharging your firearm in a very public area. While I do believe the Hamilton family has taken some missteps in their pursuit for justice, I believe the city and it’s public servants need to be much better trained and much more empathetic to the mentally ill citizens they deal with on a daily basis.

        I was truly shocked at how callous then-Officer Manney was to me and my co-worker during his “friendly” visit to our office. I got the sense that he felt a strong sense of ownership over our section of downtown- but instead of wielding this ownership with compassion and intelligence, he chose to approach his beat with ignorance, bullying tactics, and force.

        I knew, as soon as I saw the police tape and coroner’s tent, news vans, and huddled police detective, that somebody had been shot and that the shoot had most likely been Officer Manney. And that was based on meeting the man, on duty, ONE time. I can’t judge him as a person, but I can judge him as a police officer.

    • diane

      SBD you are such a bitter negative soul…Milwaukee as a whole needs to look at itself..certain communites need to take responsibility for the way they live their lives morally, drugs, theft, murders.. government programs can’t fix that… the home the way people are raised, their values goals and morals..when they have kids you raise them you provide for them not society… make the most of the opportunities provided and education.. go to school be a good citizen a good person.. don’t expect “the government” to be your support..being dependent on government assistance is a form of slavery being held in bondage..expecting “big brother” to take care of all your needs, shelter, food, a phone health care, get off your racial rantings.. close your eyes and be blind, colorless.. certain behavior and attitudes are socially and morally unacceptable in a civilized society…all the Hamilton family is looking for is $$$ they weren’t ther for him when he needed them there is documented harrassment

    • soulobigdaddy

      …ok you can really step down from your soap box. See you talk about not seeing color but yet you are far from that. me standing against racism does not make me bitter…lol…thats funny… all you do is look for stories that involve black crime and stereotype and make racist, bigoted undertones… get a clue

    • Edward Smith

      So you think because it’s only twice in a city of 540000 that the officer should not have to answer for his actions? I guess we could apply the same logic to criminals or everyday people that do the same. It’s only once or twice… no biggie huh?

  • Free Thinker

    Fox 6 Deleting comments they don’t like since 1956. Are you new? This is new:

    “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” BOOKER T. Washington

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