this photo provided by the Milwaukee Police Department
is Christopher Manney who was fired from the Milwaukee
Police Department in connected with shooting and
killing a mentally ill man in a downtown park in
April. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission
confirmed Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 that it had received
an appeal from Manney. Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney
last week, saying the officer instigated a fight that
eventually led him to shoot and kill 31-year-old
— A Milwaukee police officer fired after shooting a
mentally ill man in a downtown park has appealed his
termination to the board that oversees the city's police and
Edward Flynn fired Christopher Manney on Wednesday, saying
the officer instigated a fight that eventually led him to
shoot and kill 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton.
responded April 30 to a call to check on a man sleeping in a
downtown park and found Hamilton lying on the ground. He
began a patdown, Hamilton resisted and the two fought.
Manney shot Hamilton after Hamilton grabbed the officer's
baton and struck him with it.
he found no malice in Manney's actions but the officer
treated Hamilton like a criminal despite recognizing that he
was mentally ill. Hamilton had recently stopped taking
medication for schizophrenia.
officers have rallied behind Manney, saying they often have
to make split-second decisions in dangerous circumstances.
Hamilton's family, meanwhile, has called on District
Attorney John Chisholm to file criminal charges, saying
Hamilton was sick but not dangerous.
appealed Flynn's decision in a letter to the Fire and Police
Commission dated Friday. The commission released the letter
Monday in response to an open records request.
hired an attorney, who did not immediately return a message
applied for duty disability before he was fired. If his
application is approved, it would effectively negate his
firing and provide him with at least partial pay