Milwaukee family protests tree lighting in park


November 19, 2014


MILWAUKEE Supporters and family members of a black man fatally shot by a white Milwaukee officer have protested a tree lighting ceremony in the downtown park where he was killed.

WITI-TV reports ( ) about 20 people held signs calling for justice for 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on Thursday evening as city leaders gathered to light the city and county Christmas tree in Red Arrow Park. Hamilton's family members say it was insensitive to hold the tree lighting there.

Officer Christopher Manney was fired after he fatally shot Hamilton 14 times in April. The police chief says he fired Manney for instigating the fight that led to the shooting. Manney is appealing his termination.

The Milwaukee County district attorney's office hasn't said whether criminal charges will be filed against Manney.

Associated Press