Protesting the death of Dontre Hamilton, his family takes casket to City Hall

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Taking their demands to Milwaukee's City Hall, and Mayor Tom Barrett. People protesting the death of Dontre Hamilton on Tuesday, September 2nd went to new extremes in an effort to be heard, and it seems they may be getting results.

It wasn't the first demonstration held since 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer back in April, and it's not likely to be the last.

Police say Dontre Hamilton was shot inside Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee after he took an officer's baton during a struggle.

On Tuesday, September 2nd, demonstrators took their demands to City Hall.

A casket and headstones were part of the demonstration -- a sort of symbolic funeral in the place where 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot by a Milwaukee police officer.

"Red Arrow (Park) is where this all took place -- where it all stemmed from," Nathaniel Hamilton said.

From Red Arrow Park on Tuesday, demonstrators formed a sort of funeral procession -- heading down Water Street and toward City Hall.

Nathaniel Hamilton says the goal was to get the attention of city leaders.

"We can`t just go talk civil with them, have them come to talk to us. We have to do things that make them feel uncomfortable," Nathaniel Hamilton said.

Inside City Hall, the casket was laid outside the office of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Hamilton's brother and mother went inside for a private meeting.

Hamilton's family members and others want more information in this case, including details on why Hamilton died, and the release of the name of the Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed him.

When Hamilton's mother and brother stepped out of City Hall on Tuesday -- Mayor Barrett joined them.

"We had a conversation about Dontre. We had a conversation about police procedures," Mayor Barrett said.

Mayor Barrett explained that an outside agency (the state's Department of Justice) investigated Hamilton's death and handed over its report to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

The District Attorney's Office will rule as to whether anyone should be charged in Dontre Hamilton's death, and Mayor Barrett says he expects a decision soon.

"I want this to be a city where people respect and trust our police department," Mayor Barrett said.

Nathaniel Hamilton and his mother say they believe Mayor Barrett's sympathy is genuine, but they say their work isn't done.

"Our battle is far from over because he can`t get us that information. He`s gonna talk to the police chief and see why we can`t have that information. That`s a step in the right direction," Nathaniel Hamilton said.

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  • opinin8d

    It’s tragic what happened, but my god, talk about beating a dead horse. I guess after the Fegurson mess they are hoping they can get some type of payday or something. All this BS from a group of people that kill each other for just looking at them ‘wrong’. I’m also noticing that all these cases start with, ‘If the cop would have just left him alone’, and not ‘I wish he would have just cooperated with police’.

  • dancing in the ruins

    “and milwaukee will continue to turn a nice shade of beautiful brown.”
    is that what color black people’s blood is? cuz that’s what color kilwaukee will be turning.

  • TJ

    You can have the ghetto, but this white is not going any where. And just for the record Hamilton is dead because of his own actions. His family is doing a money grab, just animals.

  • 2econd

    to bad the Hamilton family didn’t put half this effort forward in caring for dontre when he was alive… why the deep need for the officers name? so you can go harass his family? at smash, come tell you what to your face? none of the comments prior to yours on this thread had ANYTHING to do with race until YOU played that card.

  • D Price

    Would you let a family member die at the hands of authority without seeking justice, questions, or any type of information? 5’9″ and possibly 165lbs man shot 10-15 times. I can’t imagine someone that small being a threat after being shot 3 times! I pray for all that are affected by this incident, but come on Milwaukee PD! It appears as if they are trying to cover up something.

  • Wischneider

    they were probably hoping to return to the ghetto with the casket full of money in exchange for Donkeytray’s death

  • Wow.

    This family is using the media hype from Fergusen to get some of sort of payout from the city. As a taxpayer, this is the kind of stuff that gives me high blood pressure.

    Apart from this, if a person decides to tussle with a police officer and try to take a weapon from him/her. Expect the police officer to defend him/herself with the possibility of deadly force.

    I support fully what the police officer did. Their jobs are not easy. I give them the benefit of the doubt always.


    The police have shown that he died gloriously in the field. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word which should attempt to beguile people from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering them the consolation that may be found in the thanks to the cops for their duty. I say that we may assuage the anguish of our bereavement, and leave us lost in the ghetto and the solemn pride that must be ours to raise a son so nice that he would not attempt to disarm a policeman.

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