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DOJ to Investigate Justified Milwaukee Police Shooting

December 23, 2014  | 

Officer Christopher Manney was fired for not following policy, even though the shooting was justified. (Photo: Milwaukee PD)
Officer Christopher Manney was fired for not following policy, even though the shooting was justified. (Photo: Milwaukee PD)

After county prosecutors announced yesterday they won't charge a white former Milwaukee police officer in connection with the killing of a black man in April, the U.S. Department of Justice said today that it will review the case for possible civil rights violations.

The county prosecutor determined that the shooting was a justified use of deadly force in self-defense. Dontre Hamilton, 31, was shot 14 times by Officer Christopher Manney, after the two got into a violent struggle in a downtown Milwaukee park.

The Justice department will "undertake a federal review of this case to determine if, under federal civil rights law, there is a basis, both legal and factual, upon which a federal civil rights prosecution may be premised," the U.S. attorney said in a statement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Civil Rights Division will conduct the review, ABC News reports.

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kevCopAz @ 12/23/2014 3:51 PM

I realize that the Feds need to look at these type of cases. But I wonder why the Feds can re-investigate things the States do yet the States can't reverse it and investigate when the IRS break the law, or the ATF allow guns to go to cartels, or perhaps when the Black Panthers commit voter intimidation, why don't the locals investigate the Feds under State laws? Lets see if the DOJ and their minions can stand up to investigation? Then indite them on local Charges. If we did that perhaps Holder would be behind bars where he belongs. As an example, in Phx years ago an ATF agent shot an UNARMED man driving away from the scene of a goofed up buy bust. The Feds refused to co-operate with a local investigation and there was never a "civil rights" inquiry by DOJ on that, WHY?The fees pull that crap all the time. Im thinking we would have been better off if the South won the war(no not to keep slavery) then we would have had a weaker central government who would stay out of State business

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/23/2014 11:23 PM

the DOJ is out of control and somebody needs to investigate them.

HRPufnstuf @ 12/24/2014 4:06 AM

"The county prosecutor determined that the shooting was a justified use of deadly force in self-defense."

Well there you go, DOJ. All you need to know to wrap up your "investigation."

Richard Hightower @ 1/2/2015 12:14 PM

The Justice of this things has nothing to do with the Federal DOJ's "investigation". It has everything to do with creating an atmospher or tension between the public and LEO organizations throughout the country. I can surmize to what ends the Federal Administration would want to do such a thing -- but I will leave that to your imagination. IMO -- this can be nothing but BAD for both the general public and Law Enforcement nationwide.

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