Stunning victory for Hamilton family


MILWAUKEE – A federal ruling by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller said in 2014 when former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, he violated Hamilton’s constitutional rights with an illegal pat down for weapons.

The attorney for the Hamilton family, Jonathan Safran said the family “looks forward to it proceeding to trial.”

The trial is set for May 15. At that time a jury will decide if the family will receive damages in their other claims against Manney, including whether Manney detained Hamilton unlawfully, whether Manney used excessive force against Hamilton and whether the city failed to properly train Manney, in regard to dealing with mentally ill people.

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