Former MPD officer Christopher Manney breaks his silence: “I’m not some monster”

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MILWAUKEE -- In his own words! The former Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, gives his first interview since the shooting nearly two yeas ago. Christopher Manney, spoke at length to our media partners at News/Talk 1130.

Christopher Manney

Christopher Manney

Manney, who was fired following the shooting but never charged criminally, finally spoke to a member of the media Friday, February 12th -- and the family of Dontre Hamilton is not happy.

"Life is 100% different and they say I want my dad back, and it's tough. This incident has completely changed my life," said Christopher Manney.

At the News/Talk 1130 WISN studios, we are hearing for the first time an exclusive interview with the man at the center of one of Milwaukee's most polarizing events.

"Instantly I touched my head and I really thought my brains were coming out," said Manney.

In his own words, Manney tells 1130's Dan O'Donnell his account of the events before, during, and after the day he killed Dontre Hamilton.

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

Hamilton, who suffered from schizophrenia, was sleeping in Red Arrow Park when he was awoken by Manney in 2014. A fight ensued and Hamilton was shot 14 times.

Manney had some surprising responses, like on race.

News/Talk 1130

News/Talk 1130

"Everyone says I'm this huge racist guy but my nanny is Puerto Rican and Mexican. My kids are of a different race," said Manney.

And described how his own family members struggle with mental illness.

"I will stand with the Hamilton family when it comes to justice, when it comes to the mental health issues because it just tore me apart. It just tore me apart. Why wasn't he at MCMH," Manney said.

"I just didn't believe his side of the story," said Nate Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton's brother.

Hamilton's brother says they are disgusted by the interview.

Nate Hamilton

Nate Hamilton

"He has not tried to reconcile with this family," said Nate.

They say Manney's take on the events don't add up.

"I said, 'Hey partner, Milwaukee police, we just need to have a chat.' And the attack was so quick and violent," said Manney.

Manney never describes in the interview giving Hamilton a pat-down -- a move that was later deemed against police policy and was the reason Manney was fired.

It may not change all minds, but it is an interview giving us a new perspective.

"I'm not some monster that I have been made out to be," said Manney.

Manney no longer lives in the state of Wisconsin. He said he was offered other jobs in law enforcement as soon as the day after he was fired. However, he says he is not fit to work as he still suffers from PTSD.

19 comments

  • Jason Drought

    I listened to the interview and I believe him.. After all, he was there and the Hamilton family wasn’t. I believe he was a good person who served in the military and then got into lawenforcememt. I believe he was doing his job and got attacked. I believe he was defending his life when he pulled the trigger. I also believe Chief Flynn terminated him unfairly. I believe there is ONE person at fault here and it was Dontre…… Period….

  • Angela

    Nate, how could he have reconciled with thr family when the family and it’s closest supporters were advocating for violence against Manny from the very beginning? Fake blood on the walls of Starbucks? Shouting at staff that the blood of Dontre is on theirs and Manners hands? You and your supporters are not peacemakers so don’t pretend to be.

  • Maria

    It is clear, from your comments about the number of shots, that you have never been in a physical altercation with threat to life and/or you have never fired a gun. It takes seconds to be killed.And it takes seconds to fire thr shots needed to keep from being killed. The movies have lied to you, my friend. You do not fire a single shot, have time for a classic line, then fire a second shot. Real life is quite different.

  • Greg

    Just a reminder that Nate Hamilton was against the use of body cameras by police. Perhaps because it would have shown situations like these in their true light.

  • Brisls

    For all the BS the Hamiltons spew about their family member, they still didn’t know where he was living on the streets.It reminds me of the families whose family member was killed by Jeffrey Dahmer. Some hadn’t seen their family member in years yet came out of the woodwork like bugs only when the camera was turned on. Dontre did have a weapon when he was shot – Manny’s baton that Dontre was beating Manny with. How would Dontre been treated if he had killed Manny? Would the Hamiltons reacted any differently? With an adrenaline spike, it’s fight or flight, you don’t shoot once and stop, you don’t shoot their hand. If they don’t think this shooting has changed Mr Manny’s life, and not for the better, they’re wrong and just want to hate. Not surprising they don’t hold Dontre accountable for the decisions he made that day. Easier to put all the blame on Mr Manny who was doing his job – checking on the welfare of a mentally ill street person.

  • A yooper

    Wish the best of things to you Mr Manney. You did your job and lost it as a scapegoat due to so many other lacking things in this city. Good luck on wherever life takes you.

  • Joe

    Thanks for your service Chris. You did what you had to do to go home at the end of the night to your kids, who weren’t wondering the streets of Milwaukee. So funny how the family forgot about Restraining Orders they had against him, when the “gentleman” became a large dollar sign. Point is, you did what you had to do, did what you were trained to do, and things will get better. Godspeed Mr. MANNEY

  • Elissa

    Hey Manney… anyone who shoots someone 14 times is a monster!!! He was dead and you kept shooting because you are sick and everyone knows it. PTSD!? More like you are sick and want to now sit and rake in ‘free’ money after you murdered this man. You should be locked up and not allowed near your kids. Disgusting.

  • Fred

    Again the policies of Milwaukee side against the LEO’s. I’m not saying that Hamilton was a criminal, be he should have obeyed the officer’s commands. I wish you well in all future endeavors Mr. Manney…..as for the rest of the Hamilton family – deal with your loss and get over it. You think you’re the first people to lose a loved one? Your 15 min of fame are over. Stop acting like criminals yourselves and try to act like respectful citizens.

  • Dan

    The Hamilton Family didn’t care about him when he was living on the streets but as soon as he got killed and could get them noticed on tv they loved him and he will be missed I’m calling B.S. I know Officer Manney personally, his kids have slept over at my house when the mobs were surrounding his house he’s a great person.

  • KaitiLu

    It is quite easy to see through this family. They didn’t give a care to Dontre while he was alive. They don’t give a care to the life of the police officer they are attempting to ruin. What they do seem to care about is publicity, their shyster lawyer, and filing a lawsuit. Sad that money matters more than her own son did to ‘mother Maria’.

  • Emma

    I stand with the Hamilton family. There is no reason for that officer to shoot 14 times.

    He is not racist bc his nanny is mexican? Get real.

    His kids are of a different? His kids are white.

    I hope he sees Dontre face every time he closed his eyes.

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