MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Christopher Manney, the Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, applied for duty disability retirement on Monday, October 13th -- just two days prior to being fired by the department.
"When he's terminated, he is immediately off the payroll," Michael Crivello, president of the Milwaukee Police Association said.
Christopher Manney is no longer employed by the Milwaukee Police Department, but he may qualify to receive checks from the city for years to come.
"I hope that the application is solidly in place. I want to say that it is," Crivello said.
Manney was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department on Wednesday, October 15th for his handling of Dontre Hamilton. 31-year-old Hamilton was shot and killed during a struggle that occurred with Manney at Red Arrow Park on April 30th.
Two days before his firing, FOX6 News has learned Manney applied for duty disability retirement.
In the application for duty disability, Manney said, "I was sent to an assignment as a police officer. I was violently attacked with fists & a weapon to my head & was forced to use deadly force & subject is deceased."
Manney also wrote on the application that this incident has left him with "debilitating mental health issues." He says he has not been "able to sleep for months." Manney says he has not been able to "think straight" and his mind goes blank.
In a letter to Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, Manney says he's been diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
Crivello says he and the Milwaukee Police Association support Manney's application.
"This officer cares. You can see what's happening to him now. You can only imagine the trauma that an officer has to go through when the necessity of a situation forces him to use deadly force," Crivello said.
A city official tells FOX6 News a panel of doctors will review Manney's request for duty disability. If at least two doctors agree that Manney suffers from an emotional disability, he will receive 75% of his final average salary tax free as a disability pension benefit.
"That is an incredibly traumatic situation that an officer may be forced into. Obviously he was forced into that situation and let`s let time work this out," Crivello said.
FOX6 News is told the duty disability benefit, if approved for Manney, could last until he is eligible for full retirement. Manney would have to come in every year for an examination.
In firing Manney, Chief Flynn said his reason for doing so wasn’t Manney’s deadly use of force, but rather, the events leading up to it.
Chief Flynn said he has reviewed every aspect of this incident, and has found that Manney violated the values of the Milwaukee Police Department in his handling of Dontre Hamilton. Chief Flynn said Officer Manney showed no malice in his actions on that April day, but he says Manney made errors in judgement. Chief Flynn said when Manney arrived at the scene he should have immediately assessed Hamilton as an “emotionally disturbed person” and treated him as such — saying Manney’s unwarranted, out-of-policy pat down of Hamilton escalated the situation — leading to the necessary use of deadly force.
Manney has the right to appeal his termination. The head of Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission says he's not aware of an appeal that's been filed as of Thursday, October 16th.
Manney has 10 days to file his appeal if he chooses to do so.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office will make the decision regarding whether charges will be filed against Manney. FOX6 News spoke with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm on Thursday about this pending decision.
"I understand people want as much information as they can possibly get as quickly as they can. My obligation is to allow independent experts to complete their review and then assess whatever they give me before I make my final decision one way or the other," Chisholm said.
Chisholm added his decision is completely independent from the Milwaukee Police Department's decision to fire Manney.
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