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Nate Hamilton, Tory Lowe speak out on Baltimore: There are more productive ways to vent frustration

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BALTIMORE/MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Police in Baltimore said late Tuesday, April 28th on Twitter they were making arrests at one location, where they said people threw bricks and rocks at officers. Protesters were still on the streets despite a curfew that took effect at 10:00 p.m. Police were working to enforce that curfew. This, after a violent Monday in Baltimore. Cars and building were burned. Police were hospitalized, businesses were looted, and hundreds of people were arrested. This violence occurred on the same day a funeral was held for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.

Dontre Hamilton

Dontre Hamilton

In Milwaukee, Gray's death and the ensuing protests in Baltimore have been hard to watch for the family of Dontre Hamilton.

31-year-old Hamilton was shot and killed nearly one year ago by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney in Red Arrow Park.

Dontre Hamilton's brother Nate and community activist Tory Lowe spoke out about the violence and destruction in Baltimore on Tuesday. Both men say they understand the frustration in Baltimore, but they agree there are better ways to vent that frustration.

Nate Hamilton admits his "Coalition for Justice" has resorted to civil disobedience and "minor disruptions," but he says that violence isn't the way to bring about change that is so badly needed.

Both he and Tory Lowe say there are larger issues here.

"What you're seeing in Baltimore is an issue of the people and the police and it took one incident for that bomb to blow off," Lowe said.

"We can't have police brutality and we can't have community violence. But there's economics that fall into place. There's so many underlying things that need to be done so we can solidify a better society," Nate Hamilton said.

Lowe says everyone is invited to a "Pray for Baltimore" event scheduled for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue at 3rd and Walnut.

3 comments

  • wtf

    Nate no one around here really cares for your opinion you and your family created havoc and discord in Milwaukee.. you are not an upstanding citizen although everyone deserves a (one) second chance.. Alot of innocent commuters including myself will never forget that night on the freeway.. I was late for work.. someone punched and dented my car and spit at me.. I had nothing to do with what happened to your brother my opnion on how your family handled his illness does not need to be shared here (it wouldn’t be popular) majority of people want the right thing to happen just don’t feel you are someone to look up too

  • JP79

    Nate do us all a favor and Shut the F**K up…. You are a worthless POS using your brothers death to benefit your worthless life.

  • justice for tax payers

    If Fox 6 could please explain how this is news and the point of this story? Please tell me what education and degrees Nate Hamilton has earneed and what gives him the right to comment like he’s a sociologist. While you’re at it, please tell me what he’s actually done for Milwaukee. Pathetic

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