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Friday, November 14, 2014

Milwaukee's District Attorney Weighs In On Dontre Hamilton Case

Flowers and stuffed animals form a makeshift memorial at Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park on Thursday, May 8, 2014, where a police officer shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30. (Dinesh Ramde/AP)

Flowers and stuffed animals form a makeshift memorial at Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park on Thursday, May 8, 2014, where a police officer shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30. (Dinesh Ramde/AP)

In Milwaukee, residents are calling for criminal charges against a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed mentally ill man.

In April, Dontre Hamilton, a homeless man, was sleeping when Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney started to pat him down. Hamilton woke, grabbed the officer’s baton and began hitting him. Officer Manney responded, shooting Hamilton 14 times.

Months later, the family and supporters of Hamilton are asking why the county district attorney has not yet made a decision on whether or not to charge the officer.

Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. wrote a letter to the D.A. and spoke with Here & Now yesterday, demanding immediate action.

Now talking with host Robin Young is Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm who responds to the criticism and discussed his timeline for a decision.

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