Police Brutality: The Case Of Dontre Hamilton Vs. Hamilton

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Thirty one year old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by officer Christopher Manney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The incident occurred on the evening of April 30, 2014 at Red Arrow Park after a nearby Starbuck’s employee complained about an alleged homeless Hamilton sleeping in the park. Hamilton was initially confronted by two different officers and they concluded that he was not doing anything wrong. Officer Manney was unaware of the previous officers’ presence so he decided to follow up on the disturbance call. At the time of Manney’s arrival the other officers had already left the scene, thus officer Manney approached Hamilton and conducted a pat down. During the frisk, officer Manney states that Hamilton twists his body to show his …show more content…
In the our society, conflicts between police officers and African American males are becoming increasingly more frequent. In May of 2014, Governor Scott Walker signed a new law to address the issue of police brutality. After being pressured from several families of shooting victims in Wisconsin, Walker signed a bill that “requires that deaths in police custody be investigated by an outside agency, using independently gathered evidence.” The law that Governor Walker put in place is the first type of bill in the nation addressing police brutality. Walker’s state law could be a model for other states facing the same police brutality issues. He believes it may be a law that both parties would be able to agree on. The only issue that would prevent a spread of this mandate could be the involvement of police unions. Police unions possibly might feel that this oversteps their control, since they are “uniquely suited to investigate …show more content…
Milwaukee had a writ of mandamus issued to prevent officer Manney from working after the altercation. The government exercised its’ right to prior restraint by preventing the publication and broadcasting of objectionable material to the general public during the trial. Officer Christopher Manney was not charged with the murder of Dontre Hamilton, but Manney’s local police chief still found faults in his officer’s actions despite the lack of a conviction. Due to the power of the local police department, the police chief was allowed to release officer Manney from the police force without a conviction. Citizens supported the Milwaukee police chief, but were upset that charges were not brought. Many may have believed that the crime committed was a hate-crime. A hate-crime is a legislative measure that increases penalties for persons convicted of criminal offenses motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation, and this case was categorized by the prejudice based on race. Officer Manney was a white man with a wrongful viewpoint of a non-violent African American Dontre Hamiltion, that may have been based on his disliking or miseducation of other

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