Today is the hearing for Officer Christopher Manney who shot Dontre Hamilton to get his job back. It is currently being live-streamed here
The hearing could go on for 3 days. All for an officer who shot a man 14 times, claimed PTSD & filed for disability because of it..
— Coalition 4 Justice (@Justice4Dontre) March 19, 2015
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I wrote about the shooting of Dontre last October in a larger piece on Ferguson.
Here is what I found in October
A veteran Milwaukee police officer on foot patrol shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after a struggle in Red Arrow Park downtown, just across from City Hall.
As the officer began patting the man down, a struggle ensued. The officer withdrew his wooden baton and began to defend himself, Flynn said. During the struggle, the man took the baton from the officer and began to beat the officer in the head.
“The officer withdrew his sidearm and fired several shots at the individual, striking him numerous times and ultimately causing his death,” Flynn said.
Flynn said he did not know how many of the shots struck the man. An autopsy has been scheduled.
Eyewitnesses, including a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter, said they heard at least five shots fired. Flynn said it could have been as many as 10 shots.
Officer was fired on October 15th because
he did not follow department procedures for dealing with emotionally disturbed people, Chief Edward Flynn announced Wednesday.
The officer, Christopher Manney, did not use excessive force when he shot Hamilton 14 times, Flynn said; rather, the officer did not follow department rules in the moments leading up to the shooting.
Manney decided Hamilton was dangerous “based solely on observations of apparent mental illness, absent any overt actions on the part of Mr. Hamilton,” Flynn said.
Hamilton, an unarmed man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia, was killed April 30.
But now we learn that
Two days before the firing, Manney filed for disability retirement, a program designed as a safety net for Milwaukee police and firefighters who suffer physical or psychological injuries on the job. If approved, Manney’s retirement — which would include about 75% of his salary, tax-free — will take precedence over his dismissal because he applied before he was fired.
Manney is among an increasing number of officers suspected of misconduct who have applied for duty disability claiming debilitating stress — sometimes even citing the department’s investigation or media coverage as the cause of that stress.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation published last year found at least five police officers had received duty disability during or after a disciplinary investigation since 2006. Because the former officers don’t have to pay taxes on the money, their take-home pay is about the same as when they were working. Manney, who was hired in 2001, received total pay of about $72,000 in 2012.