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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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Every officer has to make a determination on their own as to whether someone poses a threat or not. While it is not always necessary to pat someone down, some officers feel much safer if doing so to someone that they may be potentially placing under arrest. Pat and Frisk is his option. Perhaps by the time Officer Manney arrived the guy was agitated that he was being contacted by yet another officer? The guy was mentally ill so anything's possible. Same reason you can ask why some officer use poor handcuffing methods, and then poor or no weapon search after making an arrest and then get shot during the trip to the lockup. Handcuffs need to be placed in a manner that the arrestee's hands are knuckle to knuckle. Even then, some skinny double jointed crack head can sometimes escape. That's when you have better done a proper search or else you can end up like this officer.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Right. So now officers have to put themselves more at risk to appease the liberal Mayor or else you lose your job? Milwaukee PD needs a city wide sick out to protest this nonsense. Plus not only firing the officer for the justified shooting, sounded like a text book use of force continuum followed properly, but they are honoring the dirtbag that attacked and tried to kill an officer? Unbelievable. I'd leave that city ASAP.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

Barrett is an embarrassment to all of Wisconsin! He coddles the illegal population too!

Betts122
Betts122

I believe the Mayor likes to pander to certain people and at the same time showing his police officers his lack of respect for them. This kind of pandering is going on far too often.

auric22
auric22

Same on Mayor, worse on Chief.

mtbmed
mtbmed

Barrett is a pandering tool.

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.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

"Workers at a nearby Starbucks" ...

SheepDog1
SheepDog1

I'd like to know how and when Milwaukee got so jacked up. Are they taking the exodus crowd from Detroit or what? You see more crap about protesting the police in Milwaukee than just about anywhere else in mid-America these days.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Sheepdog: I say just let them jack up themselves, till all the problems there are ‘taken care of’. Police should just ‘stand down’. Same with other chronically ‘problem cities’. Let ‘me rip into each other. Problem solved w/in weeks. Too bad they can’t do it. Chicago would be a ghost town in 2 weeks.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Here's another city that just needs a wall built around it, cut off all funding and let them kill each other. Try to escape and you'll be shot dead. Same with California!! Smdh

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I hope this officer sues the crap out of the city too!!!

StandingForTheBlue
StandingForTheBlue

@John-Brown...I live in the four corners area
of a New Mexico in a fairly peaceful city of about 60,000. I know the officers here will call a citizen from their cell phones to discuss a problem and also use their cell phones to orchestrate visits to the neighborhood drug dealers who listen to police scanners. What I don’t understand in this case is naming a day after a man who willingly quit taking his medications and then tried to kill a policeman. I know we receive training on descalation and mental health calls, but this turned out in reality to be neither. No one was called out to deal with a mentally disturbed man; they were called out on a concern about a man sleeping on a bench. I hope this department makes it known they have no confidence in their mayor.

attybv
attybv

Remind me never to go to that state The disgusting ignorance might be catchy. And I don't want to spend my month in such a disgusting piece of nothing.

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Dindunuf f
Dindunuf f

attybv our state is fine. We just have two pus filled infections in Milwaukee and Madison

SueCoop
SueCoop

Kind of like Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas in Texas.Sad

Captain6503
Captain6503

Well I know one city I will never visit as long as there is a POS like that in charge