There will not be any charges charges against Christopher Manney, a former White officer who shot young Black man, Dontre Hamilton in April. According to the District’s attorney, John Chisholm, 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.”
Manney took his authoritative role way too far. Manney began interrogating Hamilton in a downtown park, as he was sent there to see about a man who had fallen asleep in the park, which was Hamilton. When Manney proceeded to stop and frisk, Hamilton (who was diagnosed as mentally ill) took the cop’s baton and hit Manney with it.
The two got into a physical altercation and the cop then shot the Black youth fourteen times, even after his body hit the ground. Some witnesses claimed that Manney stopped shooting once the body fell, but an autopsy may prove otherwise. Manney was later fired in October by the Police Chief Edward Flynn, for not adhering to the department’s rules of disciplinary action and was the first cop in their history to be discharged because of an “on-duty shooting.” But that still didn’t bring charges against the killer.
Protests raged in Milwaukee prior to this no charges announcement, and in light of such disappointing news, Chisholm brushed off any future acts of activism, saying, “I can’t control outside events and I can’t allow outside events to control me.”
There’s a cycle of escalating violence and racial profiling going on in America and it doesn’t get any easier when you have to talk about it everyday. We’re seeing many White police officers essentially get away with gunning down Black men and that has been sending a very discouraging message to our young Black men–their lives don’t matter. That’s why there’s protests. That’s why there’s T-shirts with uncomfortable messaging–“I Can’t Breathe.”
The Hamilton family has condemned the Milwaukee police department, and while they were praying for justice in their loved one’s memory, sadly that won’t be the case. U.S. Attorney James Santelle offered a silver lining– the U.S. Department of Justice would be undertaking this case for federal review.
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