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Former Milwaukee Police Officer Not Charged In Shooting

Heidi Carreon |
December 22, 2014 | 11:39 a.m. PST

Web Producer

People across the country protest against police brutality. (Neon Tommy)
People across the country protest against police brutality. (Neon Tommy)
Milwaukee District Attorney announced Monday that a former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was acting in self-defense and will not be charged. The announcement came just days after 74 protestors were arrested, according to Reuters. Milwaukee protests against police violence are among the many across the country sparked by recent cases where police officers are not charged for the shootings of unarmed black men.

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Christpher Manney, who was a Milwaukee police officer, fatally shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times in April. Manney found Hamilton, who had a history of mental illness, in a park in downtown Milwaukee. Manney and Hamilton got into a fight in which Hamilton grabbed Manney's baton and hit him in the neck. Fearing a worse attack, Manney shot Hamilton, according to Reuters. Manney was fired from the Milwaukee police force in October for failing to comply with policies when addressing mentally ill people.

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