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Documents describe Dontre Hamilton’s battle with mental illness, his family’s efforts to get him help

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- This week, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney‘s “use of force” in the shooting death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was “justified self-defense and that defense cannot be reasonably overcome to establish a basis to charge Officer Manney with a crime.” With that announcement, dozens of documents related to the investigation were released, and we're now learning more about the mental health issues Dontre Hamilton was battling before he died.

Dontre Hamilton

Dontre Hamilton

The documents show the Hamilton family was desperately trying to get help for Dontre, and a woman told police about her conversation with Dontre just before he went to Red Arrow Park on April 30th, 2013.

The woman, a stranger to Dontre Hamilton, told Milwaukee police she spoke with Dontre moments before he was shot and killed by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney inside Red Arrow Park. She says she was walking to her car -- parked near Water and State.

The documents show Dontre Hamilton addressed the woman, saying: "Excuse me Ma'am, I'm not a robber or an axe murderer. I just got out of the hospital."

The report says Hamilton told the woman he worked for a temp agency, and he needed money for the bus. The woman told Hamilton she doesn't carry cash. That's when the woman told police Dontre said: "Well why don't you give me your phone..." The woman kept walking, and Dontre Hamilton said: "Well, why don't you give me your phone number?"

The woman kept walking. She told police Dontre Hamilton stopped following her and called her a name. She turned, and saw Hamilton walking toward Red Arrow Park.

The documents also show Hamilton's family members were trying to get him help in the days before his death.

Hamilton's mother, Maria Hamilton told police the day before Dontre was shot and killed, the last time she talked with her son, Dontre told her he was "tired and hungry, and that somebody was going to kill him." The documents show Maria Hamilton told police her son was schizophrenic.

Hamilton's mother told police she told her son she was going to send mental health crisis folks to give him his shot. Maria Hamilton told police the mobile mental health evaluators found Dontre, and told her "Dontre didn't seem like he was going to harm himself or anyone else, so they let him stay at his residence."

The documents show those mobile mental health evaluators did see signs of schizophrenia.

On April 27th, three days before his death, there was a three-way phone conversation involving Dontre Hamilton, his mother and his brother. The documents show they were arranging to pick Dontre up the following morning so he could get his shot.

The next morning, Dontre Hamilton's phone battery was dead.

The documents describe another incident occurring in the days before Hamilton was shot and killed. Hamilton reportedly believed his aunt was in a neighboring apartment, and people were trying to kill her. The documents indicated Hamilton was banging on that neighbor's door, trying to get in.

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12 comments

  • wall z

    The documents show those mobile mental health evaluators did see signs of schizophrenia— yeah thats fine what are the clinicians names, where are the years of Psychiatric notes and dr’s, was he on medication at the time and if so what.—- bottom line he has a long list of criminal activity so release that aswell

  • Xanthius

    I suggest you reread the article. Don`t just stop mid sentence, when you see something which supports your bias, despite the facts.

  • Bob

    As the robot in Lost in Space used to say, “This does not compute Will Robinson!!”
    Hamilton’s mother, Maria Hamilton told police the day before Dontre was shot and killed, the last time she talked with her son, Dontre told her he was “tired and hungry, and that somebody was going to kill him.” The documents show Maria Hamilton told police her son was schizophrenic.
    Later in the article it states:
    On April 27th, three days before his death, there was a three-way phone conversation involving Dontre Hamilton, his mother and his brother. The documents show they were arranging to pick Dontre up the following morning so he could get his shot. The next morning, Dontre Hamilton’s phone battery was dead. So apparently no contact with him and no shot for him.
    So they were going to pick him up on April 28, so he could get his shot but his phone battery was dead so they could not contact him to make arrangements to get his shot. But then mom says she talked to him for the last time the day before the shooting which would have been April 29, So how did she talk to him if his phone was dead, and if the conversation occurred in person why didn’t they she him for his shot at that time???? All false stories concocted to make it appear as though the family actually cared about him and was trying to help him prior to his death, rather than after his death when they had an ambulance chaser tell them they might be able to get some big dollars in a lawsuit….

    • Jim

      If he was so mentally challenged, why wasn’t he either living with his parents or loving brother? They are claiming to be so caring, but why was he on the streets? Some serious info seems to be missing!

  • GetaJob

    Nate Hamilton the face of a “new civil rights movement” in Milwaukee? Other then being the brother of Dontre Hamilton, what credibility does he have? Education? Why is the last picture family has to give to the news a Prom picture when Dontre was 31? Could be a wedding picture, but looks like Prom to me

  • Funnyhowitgoes

    OK sorry but these people when they are not taking proper medication or cannot be trusted to do what they need to to take care of their mental issues should be placed in state institutions. Bring back the Insane Asylums. These people, when they do not take their prescribed medication become a safety issue for the public.

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