Mayor Names Day After Man Shot While Beating Cop

The Milwaukee mayor named April 30 to be Dontre Day, after Dontre Hamilton.

Milwaukee, WI - Four years after Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot by an officer while he was beating the cop with his own baton, the city of Milwaukee has named a day after him.

A proclamation issued by the City of Milwaukee said, "Mayor of the City of Milwaukee does hereby proclaim Monday, April 30, 2018 to be Dontre Day," according to WITI.

"Whose day? Dontre Day! Whose day? Dontre Day!" a crowd chanted at Red Arrow Park.

Hamilton was shot in April 30, 2014 after two calls came from workers at a nearby Starbucks requesting police check on Hamilton, who was sleeping on a park bench.

The desk sergeant called Officer Christopher Manney's cell phone and left a voicemail asking him to check on the man.

Because Officer Manney didn't answer his phone, two other officers were dispatched to check on Hamilton. The two officers made contact, determined that he was not causing any problems, and then left.

When Officer Manney finished handling the call he was on, he received the voicemail from the sergeant. Officer Manney was was unaware that other officers had checked on Hamilton, and he went to contact the man.

Officer Manney contacted Hamilton, helped him up, and started to frisk him for weapons. Hamilton then turned on the officer and started punching at him.

The two engaged in a full-on fight, and Officer Manney pulled out his baton. The officer swung the baton at Hamilton, but Hamilton was able to grab it and disarm the officer.

Hamilton then struck the officer in the neck with the baton. Officer Manney backed away while drawing his gun, and Hamilton advanced on him.

Officer Manney opened fire on Hamilton, but said that the bullets didn't appear to have any effect, and he kept firing until Hamilton stopped.

It was later released that Hamilton has a history of mental health issues and had recently stopped taking his medication for his schizophrenia.

The District Attorney determined that the use of force was justified.

According to USA Today, District Attorney John Chisholm said at the time, "based on all the evidence and analysis presented in this report, I come to the conclusion that Officer Manney's use of force in this incident was justified self-defense and that defense cannot be reasonably overcome to establish a basis to charge Officer Manney with a crime."

Despite the use of force being justified, Chief Edward Flynn fired Officer Manney for violating department policy by frisking a mentally ill person.

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John-Brown
John-Brown

This officer did absolutely nothing wrong and he should be honored for taking another low life out of our midst. But dispatching by telephone? That's just crazy. What is this department doing? I never took a call for service from my cell phone. It defeats the purpose of having radios and letting your beat partners knowing what you are doing. As I have said before, sometimes police are their own worst enemy.

FattyMatty
FattyMatty

@RunCop I wish I could "like" this twice. Lol

Reppoc493
Reppoc493

Hope the "blue flu" doesn't spread that day! Pretty sure I would catch it. But I have developed a horrible immune system because of viruses like Tom Barrett!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'd support a day of the "Blue Flu" or even a week. I wonder how these idiots would feel then ?

gfc1963
gfc1963

Hope this happens to you!! I like the sound of 'FattyMatty' day. At least you'd be dead and no longer any concern.