Firing of Milwaukee Cop Upheld in the Shooting Death of a Mentally Ill Black Man

Another mentally ill black man shot to death by police in Georgia is buried

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has upheld the firing of Christopher Manney, a Milwaukee police officer, for the shooting death of an unarmed black man who suffered from schizophrenia.

Manney shot Dontre Hamilton, 31, 14 times during a scuffle last April in the city’s Red Arrow Park.

The firing of a Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, has been upheld.

The firing of a Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, has been upheld.

Manney confronted Hamilton after workers at a nearby Starbucks complained about Hamilton sleeping in a park near the coffee shop. Two other officers had been called earlier about Hamilton, but they decided that he wasn’t causing any problems and left.

After the shooting, the police department fired Manney who appealed. On Monday, the board voted that Manney violated Milwaukee Police Department rules during his encounter with Hamilton.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Manney was justified in using deadly force against Hamilton.

Last week, friends and relatives buried Anthony Hill, a black, unarmed U.S. Air Force veteran suffering from mental illness who was shot to death by police.

Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran suffering from mental illness, was shot to death by a Georgia police officer.

Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran suffering from mental illness, was shot to death by a Georgia police officer.

Hill, who suffered from bipolar disorder that led to him being medically discharged from the armed forces, was shot twice in the upper torso by Robert Olsen, a white DeKalb County, Ga., police officer in Decatur. Hill had been treated at the Veterans Administration Hospital for mental illness.

At the time of Hill’s shooting death, he was naked, had been crawling on the ground and swinging from a balcony. Olsen was called to investigate.

Hill ran towards Olsen, and the officer told him to stop. When Hill didn’t, Olsen fired two shots, killing him.

The deadly police shootings of Hill and Hamilton are part of a pattern of police killing mentally ill black men, although police claim they are receiving training in the treatment of the mentally ill.

 

 

 

 

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