“I am so fed up:” Dontre Hamilton’s family not happy to learn DOJ won’t pursue charges against Manney

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MILWAUKEE -- Officials with the Justice Department announced on Tuesday, November 10th that there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney for the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton at Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park on April 30, 2014. It's a decision that the Hamilton family is not happy with.

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

In a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, following the DOJ's announcement, the Hamilton family expressed disgust with the criminal justice system and its findings.

The family is disappointed and frustrated after waiting months for a decision they feel was extremely delayed.

The decision came more than 18 months after Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee -- and more than 10-and-a-half months after the federal review was launched.

READ IT: Complete statement from the Justice Department on decision in the Dontre Hamilton case.

Dontre Hamilton's loved ones say they want to take the events that occurred in this case and use those events as a catalyst for a community uprising.

Nate Hamilton

Nate Hamilton

"I am so fed up," Nate Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton's brother said on Tuesday afternoon, when addressing the media following the DOJ's decision.

Nate Hamilton spoke on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee. He stood with his mother Maria, attorney and several supporters, who share his frustration.

"No more should die. If one more unarmed black man dies in this country -- I say every black man and brown men and women come out your house. Take to the streets. Never go to sleep. Continue to fight. Continue to press on," Nate Hamilton said.

Nate Hamilton has encouraged the community to join his family's fight.

Hamilton family outside Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee

Hamilton family outside Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee

"I will show a constant display of disgust with every form of law enforcement that doesn`t get it right," Nate Hamilton said. "Our family has been denied justice -- but we prepared ourselves. They try to be sympathetic, but at the same time, try to be real blunt about how hard it will be to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this officer did do and commit a crime."

The Hamilton family wants their supporters to turn pity into persistence.

"He did not die in vain. He awakened the family. He gave strength to a brother. He gave courage to a mother. We are going to express that throughout our community," Nate Hamilton said.

Scene of shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park

Scene of shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park

The next step for the Hamilton family is a federal civil rights lawsuit -- a lawsuit the attorney for the Hamilton family says he will file.

Regardless of the outcome as it relates to that lawsuit, Nate Hamilton says he won't be satisfied -- and he'll continue to encourage community support.

"Hold your children. Hide your children -- because this nation of law enforcement does not care about your brown and black children. They will gun down your children. They will cover up that it was not murder, that it was not homicide, that it was not intentional," Nate Hamilton said.

Scene of shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park

Scene of shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park

The following is a statement issued by Jonathan Safran, the attorney for the Hamilton family:

"After waiting ten‐and‐one‐half months for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division to finish its review of the investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the family of Dontre Hamilton and their attorneys finally had an in‐person meeting this morning and were advised that a federal civil rights prosecution of former City of Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney will not be undertaken relating to the confrontation, illegal search, and the subsequent shooting fourteen times and death of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park in Downton Milwaukee on April 30, 2014.

The Hamilton family and their attorneys are extremely disappointed with the decision, and are also dismayed by the length of time it took the federal government to make this decision. After waiting for almost eight months for the local District Attorney to make a criminal charging decision, finally issued on December 22, 2014, and concluding that no state criminal charges would be brought against Christopher Manney, the Milwaukee office of the United States Attorney issued a press release later that same day announcing that they would undertake a federal review of the case. Despite repeated requests by the family and attorneys for a timeline and decision date, and despite a joint letter by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Gwen Moore to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in July, 2015, asking the Department of Justice to expedite the review and decision, the Hamilton family has been forced to wait until today for this decision, more than eighteen months since Dontre’s death.

Despite the termination of Christopher Manney by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn on October 15, 2014, and the subsequent appeal to the Fire & Police Commission, which upheld the termination, Christopher Manney appealed his termination and the decision to Milwaukee County Circuit court. That appeal continues to unfold, with a decision not expected until April or May, 2016. It is interesting that two days prior to his termination, Christopher Manney filed an application for Duty Disability benefits, alleging “debilitating mental health issues” caused by the encounter with Dontre Hamilton, and an alleged diagnosis of post‐traumatic stress disorder. On September 28, 2015, the City of Milwaukee Annuity and Pension Board accepted a recommendation and approved the duty disability determination, effective November 12, 2014, resulting in Christopher Manney receiving approximately 75% of his former salary, tax free, translating into approximately the same take‐home pay as he would have received while he was working. Because the duty disability application was filed prior to the termination, Christopher Manney will receive the duty disability benefits despite his employment termination status.

The Hamilton family has seen no accountability to‐date for Dontre’s death. It appears that the only way for the full facts to be analyzed and the accountability to be provided will be by way of a Civil Rights lawsuit to be filed by the Hamilton family attorneys in Federal Court. We are prepared to do just that. While they wait for their own family’s justice, the Hamilton family will continue to work to bring positive change to Milwaukee and to empower mothers and families who have experienced injustice to speak out and obtain justice for their family members who have died at the hands of others, often at the
hands of law enforcement officers."

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20 comments

  • Petey

    You’re so fed up? How many justice systems are ya gonna go thru before you finally realize it was a justified shooting?

    • molon labe

      Nice name calling, Mike Robe said:
      Hey liberal anarchist trash !!!! Dontre Hamilton died as a result of his family (yes his momma and his brother) kicking him out on the streets because THEY COULDNT HANDLE his mental illness, and DONTRE HAMLTON attacked a police officer with a stick and tried to KILL him ! So in SELF DEFENSE the officer shot poor Dontre !!! A tragedy all the way around BUT HIS DEATH had nothing to do WITH HIS COLOR no matter how much his lazy brother and family want to try and shake down the city for with the aide of an ambulance chasing lawyer. If Black lives really matter why do black people keep killing each other. Those shot in police encounters are shot fighting or assaulting police WHICH we as a civil society are NOT allowed to do.

  • BG

    How sad, we have black on black crime happening not one person is standing up and protesting. Yes nate you lost your family member, but to stand up there and basically say all officers are bad is wrong. I am not a big fan of MPD, but I will say we do have some great officers in our city. I pray you and your family will find peace withing yourself so your brother can rest Guilt will eat you alive. Sometimes we realize we should of been there for a family after the fact. God bless!

    • Booker T

      It’s not sad, it’s ignorance and the lack of education, morals, ethics, culture etc… How to behave in society. Too bad some grow up living off the system WE pay for and in return their 3-6 children will learn the same techniques of their parents. What are you gonna do though when you have 14-16 year olds having babies and not knowing who the F the dad is? Watch interviews on tv about black kids getting killed, you VERY seldom see the father their. That’s sad.

  • Reasonless

    Hey Nate.
    Just a suggestion. Go to school and learn how to speak English properly!
    Every time you open your mouth in public you let the world know that you’re nothing but an uneducated hood rat.
    You bring shame and embarrassment to the black community.
    Most African American people that I know view you as a fool.

    • Booker said it best

      Tru Dat. Protesters are too ignorant to realize that their own actions are harming their cause and shedding very bad light on them, it’s unclear what justice they’re fighting for….Attacking cops is ok? They got a restraining order against their son for acting too crazy–on your own son and now look, Nate’s getting cuffed. It’s also a huge waste of time, like watch MSMedia. That’s like watching a magician do the same trick over and over and over again. What do you want Nate? Besides money. There was justice served on a guy beating a cop to death.

  • nicole smith

    Where was all your support for your sick brother? Why were you not taking care of him when you knew he had mental illness??? Y’all make ME sick

  • PAC

    I’m so sick of this BS. when you look at REAL statistics you can see who the REAL victims are. These families don’t want justice they want to spread more racial divide and they don’t care how they do it. Nothing was said when black cops killed a white 6 yr old because that’s not what media wants. There’s not sufficient evidence “well it must be a cover up” ridiculous the blatant double standard in this country and it gets worse by the day.

  • becky

    We are fed up with the stupidity of Nate Hamilton. This guy is so wrong, Manny is not a racist nor did he murder his brother. The statements made above are racist. “No more should die. If one more unarmed black man dies in this country — I say every black man and brown men and women come out your house. Take to the streets. Never go to sleep. Continue to fight. Continue to press on,” Nate Hamilton said. Maybe his brother should not have beaten a police officer with his own baton. This has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

  • Booker said it best

    “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

  • Booker T

    Can’t ya’ll see they’re trying to Divide and Conquer us? The powers that be… More reason for less liberty and freedom and more boots on the ground in our neighborhoods. Is that what you want? To be controlled by the authorities because “it’s too dangerous” to go outside? Wake up!

  • Daniel & Kris

    Let’s look up the criminal backgrounds of these “Coalition for Justice” members! Use CCAP! Every major name in the news associated with this group are CONVICTED FELONES! This is the TRASH Milwaukee is coddling too. Stop giving this turd a forum. His 15 minutes of fame were up 2 weeks after his brother died. Your brother is dead because your family abandoned him on the streets and he thugged out to a cop and got served justice.

  • KaitiLu

    Where was all this “concern” when your family tossed Dontre out on the street? Why does it surface now? Does your lawyer think there is money to be had? How much concern does he have for you? What percentage of a settlement (if any) goes to line his pocket?

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