Nate Hamilton says federal DOJ probe into MPD is not enough: “We need real change”

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MILWAUKEE -- A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday, December 17th -- and members of the United States Department of Justice will announce the launch of a "collaborative reform process" with the Milwaukee Police Department. MPD officials asked the feds to investigate the department, and that request has been accepted. Milwaukee now becomes one of nine departments in the country where this will happen.

Nate Hamilton

Nate Hamilton

Nate Hamilton, the brother of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot and killed in April 2014 by a former Milwaukee police officer, and the Coalition for Justice say this isn't enough.

Hamilton is asking for a deeper investigation -- and more transparency when it comes to MPD and the community.

"We need real direct action. We need real change," Nate Hamilton said. "We need accountability."

For more than a year, Nate Hamilton and members of the Coalition for Justice have asked for a federal "patterns and practices" investigation into the Milwaukee Police Department.

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

"The Department of Justice needs to hold them accountable for the things they have not done," Hamilton said.

In April, Hamilton's brother was shot and killed by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney.

Manney was never charged on the state level, and in November, the Department of Justice announced Manney wouldn't be charged federally.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

The same day that decision came down, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn invited the DOJ to do a review of MPD.

"We are certainly open to those suggestions that may arise from an evaluation from our efforts," Chief Flynn said.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced the news conference set for Thursday, when DOJ officials will announce a "collaborative reform process" with the Milwaukee Police Department.

A statement from the Department of Justice says:

The Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services developed the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance in 2011 as an independent and objective way to transform a law enforcement agency through an analysis of policies, practices, training, tactics and accountability methods around key issues facing law enforcement today.

"They`re going to look at the practices we have here and the best practices nationally and they`re going to compare them and see if there are places where we are not up to the standards we expect to be," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Justice for Dontre

But Nate Hamilton says it's not enough. He's hoping for community involvement and transparency along the way.

"If they can't do that, then we will result to other things," Hamilton said.

The Coalition for Justice has scheduled a news conference for Thursday as well.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.


  • mr grinch

    i wish this joker would just go away but he wont hes used to the government handouts. now he cant get what he wants he feels the need to demand things that are above his control

  • chris

    Stop giving this turd a forum. His 15 minutes of fame were up 2 weeks after his brother died. Your brother is dead because your family abandoned him on the streets and he thugged out to a cop and got served justice.

  • theresa

    seriously this guy needs to go cry somewhere else!!! We need real change???? Oh right because officers just run around Milwaukee shooting black people!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!! Stop trying to be on tv every month and get over it!!! The only change we need right now is for you to stop getting on tv

  • Malakapithicus

    You want some real change.. Bring back the Brier motorcycle cops and hanging judge Seraphim of the 70’s. That should insert some fear into the inner city felons. Democrats have destroyed Milwaukee along with their liberal PC friends in foggy bottom.

  • Daniel & Kris

    Let’s look up the criminal backgrounds of these “Coalition for Justice” members! Use CCAP! Every major name in the news associated with this group are CONVICTED FELONES! This is the TRASH Milwaukee is coddling too.

  • Melissa

    If you don’t commit crimes and you work for a living, chances are you will Never have to worry about police interaction. Oh wait, I forgot about the demographic we are talking about. Crime is a way of life for this scum.

  • Mike

    Fox 6, this is the reason I quit watching your news station and reading your website articles. I only saw this because someone put it on Facebook. I was a loyal viewer of yours for years until you went down the road of hating police, supporting thugs, and doing your part of give these idiots a platform as if what they are doing is news and supported by the masses. They have no support aside from a handful of professional protesters, and are only still going because of your TV cameras. Perhaps someday I will come back to watching you, but that will only come when you have relevant news stories again.

  • Itsabouttime

    As I said before Nate, why don’t you focus your Black Lives Matter team on stopping the violence in Milwaukee meaning black on black shootings – example last weeks freeway shooting. Family takes care of family know matter what issue they may have if your brother had Cancer would you give up on getting him treatment? Furthermore, since you have so much time on your hands go into the neighborhoods and start focusing on cleaning up each area. Again, we have all heard you loud and clear I’m not sure what else you want.

  • molon labe

    “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” BOOKER T. Washington. Here’s one of them:

  • Jon

    It’s been almost 2 years, and they already made their decision and the facts are laid out. Can we just move on. This is ridiculous. I’m done watching your news station, you seem to be Anti-Police and Pro-Thug with the way you’re still reporting on this story.

  • Jon

    Why isn’t there more reporting on black on black violence.. Shooting on the freeway which puts hundreds of people at risk and it’s done be talked about a week or two later. Guy attacks a cop, gets shot, cop loses his job in what only seems fair, but turns out to be not enough for this stupid family.

  • molon labe

    Mike Robe
    Hey liberal anarchist trash !!!! Dontre Hamilton died as a result of his family (yes his momma and his brother) kicking him out on the streets because THEY COULDNT HANDLE his mental illness, and DONTRE HAMLTON attacked a police officer with a stick and tried to KILL him ! So in SELF DEFENSE the officer shot poor Dontre !!! A tragedy all the way around BUT HIS DEATH had nothing to do WITH HIS COLOR no matter how much his lazy brother and family want to try and shake down the city for with the aide of an ambulance chasing lawyer. If Black lives really matter why do black people keep killing each other. Those shot in police encounters are shot fighting or assaulting police WHICH we as a civil society are NOT allowed to do.

  • Norell

    Hope and change. That’s what you voted for. How do you like it? The MPD is doing a great job when you consider where they have to work. Time to wake up loser.

  • Yo Adrian

    Martin Luther is spinning like atop in his grave listening to these thugs and their complaints. Time for the police to step in under the command of the great sheriff of Milw county and shape up these inner city felons. Cut their hair, make them wear nice clothes, no hoodies or pants below their arses, Have proper id when voting and driving with a valid license and insurance as well, enforce spitting on the sidewalk, car tags, headlights, parking, buffoonery, loitering, swearing, encourage snitching and ban all junk food from corner stores etc etc..

  • Itsabouttime

    April 30, 2014 was a cold day. Hamilton family did you ever think about how Dontre felt as he laid on the cold ground prior to the shooting in hopes of staying warm. You Hamilton family walked away from Dontre knowing of his mental illness. You Hamilton family could have checked into resources and gotten him into a safe and secure place. You Hamilton family failed to take care of Dontre because you didn’t want the burden which is extremely sad. As the saying goes “family always should stick by other family members NO matter what the circumstances are”. Stop blaming everyone else because you Hamilton family walked away.

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