Family Of Dontre Hamilton Meets With Milwaukee Police Chief, Files Notice Of Injury

Hamilton Was Fatally Shot By Police In Red Arrow Park In April

Maria Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton's mother, at a recent rally in solidarity with the protests in Ferguson, Mo. Photo: Light Brigading (CC-BY-NC).

The lawyer for the family of Dontre Hamilton, the 31-year-old Milwaukee man shot to death by police in April, said the family met with Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn on Tuesday and also filed a Notice of Injury with the city.

Attorney Jonathan Saffran also said that Flynn declined to release the name of the officer who shot Hamilton.

Some local black leaders are calling for a federal review of Hamilton’s death. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, isn’t going that far, but she did say that there needs to be some “truth and reconciliation” about the Hamilton case.

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This provides an opportunity for us to really look at community-oriented policing — establishing relationships within the community, so that when there is a crisis and an emergency, you won’t have a complete failure and breakdown,” said Moore.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said that under a new state law, the review of the Hamilton shooting was led by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

“What we’ve done here in Wisconsin, because of the concerns about whether an organization should examine itself, is we’ve brought in an outside organization,” said Barrett “It’s been the state in our situation.”

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said he’s still reviewing possible charges against the police officer involved in the Dontre Hamilton shooting.