A white Milwaukee cop has been fired, six months after shooting and killing a 31-year-old mentally ill black man, the Associated Press reports.
Dontre Hamilton, who suffered from schizophrenia, was sleeping in a city park last April when officer Christopher Manney approached him around 3:30 p.m. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said Manny was responding to an earlier voice mail, not knowing that two police officers had twice checked on Hamilton that afternoon.
Flynn said Manney identified himself and asked Hamilton to stand and began a pat-down search,according to WISC 12. Allegedly, Hamilton began fighting with Manny during the search. The officer tried to subdue Hamilton with his baton but he was able to take it and struck Manney. Manney then used his service weapon and fatally shot Hamilton.
After an investigation, he was recently fired for his actions.
Chief Flynn said Manney was right to determine that Hamilton was an “emotionally disturbed person, but treated him as a dangerous criminal instead of following his training and treating Mr. Hamilton as an (emotionally disturbed person).”
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