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Firing of Milwaukee Officer Upheld by Police Commission

March 26, 2015  | 

Milwaukee's police chief was justified in firing a white officer who killed a black man during a scuffle last year, a panel of police commissioners ruled Monday night.

The three-commissioner panel earlier Monday had found the officer violated department protocol when he tried to search the man moments before they began fighting. Some in the room cheered when the ruling on firing was announced, the Associated Press reports.

The officer shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton last April after a confrontation that began with the officer making a welfare check on Hamilton, who had been sleeping in a downtown park. According to the officer, Hamilton grabbed the officer's baton and attacked him with it.


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Jon Retired LEO @ 3/27/2015 6:45 PM

Here we go again. The suspect had control of the officer's baton. Officer was trying to defend against deadly force because a baton can be used as a deadly weapon.

concerned Dad @ 3/31/2015 3:20 PM

Jon,
But didn't the cop break all kinds of policies? If those policies would have been adhered to then it would have never gotten to the point of the guy getting the baron in his hands. I believe the chief is just holding the cop accountable. I do't think anyone had it out for the cop.

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