Seeking answers: Alderwoman calls on MPD to discuss officer-involved shooting

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Wednesday, May 21st marked three weeks to the day since a mentally-ill man was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer inside Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee — and Alderwoman Milele Coggs wants answers.

Coggs has announced she has requested an update from MPD and the Fire and Police Commission regarding the officer-involved shooting.

Police say Dontre Hamilton had been lying on the ground inside Red Arrow Park on April 30th when an officer came over to investigate. Authorities say Hamilton grabbed an officer’s baton and starting beating him with it. That’s when the officer shot and killed Hamilton.

In a press release issued Wednesday, Coggs said she “she hopes police officials can shed new light on the ongoing investigation into the shooting, which resulted in the death of a 31-year-old mentally-ill man, as well as provide some answers for the man’s grieving family.”

Coggs has also requested a briefing on standard operating policies relating to officer interactions with mentally-ill people.

“When a conflict with law enforcement results in the death of a community member—especially one with mental health needs—it is paramount that we examine with utmost transparency the circumstances around that death. The community must be assured that every precaution is taken to safeguard the lives of its most vulnerable citizens,” Coggs said.

The communication is expected to be heard during the Public Safety Committee meeting on Thursday, May 22nd.

11 comments

  • there's a storm a brewing...

    let’s focus on a cop while while the north side is turning into the wild wild west….

  • diane

    The entire city is a Hott mess…unsafe and there are neighborhoods out of control. ..no morals..no common sense…no self respect

  • supa

    There are innocent lives taken everyday on the northside and nobody cares. She should be calling for answers regarding the senseless killings.

  • jj

    So if u attack a cop and hit him with a weapon the cop can’t protect himself if u have mental issues. Come on what a waste of time. The north side is shooting it up every night but this women is asking for answers, BS.

    • Educate Yourself

      The man was clearly handicapped, any person with common sense would have known. The man grabbed the officers baton and was waiving it around to keep the officer away. He was NOT beating the officer!! There is NO excuse for his actions of taking a mentally ill man’s life. Yet another crime of police brutality. Shame on you MPD.

      • Don

        Educate Yourself, I suggest you “educate yourself” by looking up the justification for deadly force in Wisconsin as written by the WI Law Enforcement Training and Standards Bureau. That justification is also recognized by the legislature and courts in this state.

        Secondly, Alderwoman Coggs should “demand answers” from her own constituents as to why there are gun fights in her district streets on a nightly basis.

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