Family of man killed by Milwaukee police officer to mark anniversary of death

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Family of man killed by Milwaukee police officer to mark anniversary of death.

MILWAUKEE — The family of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer plans to mark the anniversary of his death Thursday with a march to the downtown park where he was shot, where they will have food, face painting, a balloon launch and a rally to celebrate his life. “We’ve been trying to be as positive as possible,” said Nate Hamilton, brother of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, who was fatally shot by officer Christopher Manney on April 30, 2014. “We haven’t been trying to let our anger dictate what we do and how we act.” It comes as Baltimore recovers from rioting and looting after the funeral on Monday of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal-cord injury while in police custody.A march for justice led by the Hamilton family will get underway at 3:30 p.m. from the Center Street Library at 27th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue and continue downtown on Fond du Lac to Red Arrow Park. Nate Hamilton said his family has been concentrating on positive responses, such as helping persuade the city to ensure all police officers are fully trained to deal with the mentally ill by 2018.

Hamilton’s mother has started a support group for mothers whose children have died in police encounters, and plans a “Million Moms” march in Washington over Mother’s Day weekend.

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