- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Protesters return from arena to Milwaukee park

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Scores of protesters have now returned to a downtown Milwaukee park where a white police officer killed a black man.

The protesters gathered at the park Tuesday evening to demand justice for 31-year-old Dontre Hamiton, who was shot by officer Christopher Manney in April. The protest followed Monday’s announcement by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm that Manney would face no criminal charges.

The demonstrators marched from the park to the Bradley Center, where they surrounded the main entrance. Three busloads of police officers then arrived and formed a path through the protesters with their bodies to allow Bucks fans to enter the arena.

The protesters eventually marched back to the park.

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Protesters stage ‘die-in’ at suburban Milwaukee mall

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) - Dozens of protesters held a brief “die-in” at a suburban Milwaukee shopping mall to demand justice for a black man shot and killed by a white police officer in a Milwaukee park.

They gathered in the center court at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa around 4:30 p.m., chanting “Justice for Dontre.” The protest lasted about 15 minutes.

It was one of several protests in the Milwaukee area since Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Monday that former officer Christopher Manney would face no criminal charges in 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton’s death.

The city of Wauwatosa issued a statement saying the mall protesters read a statement, chanted for several minutes and left peacefully.

Mayfair Mall remained open, though some stores closed briefly, and was busy with holiday shoppers after the protest.

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Police reforms proposed after Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A group of Milwaukee aldermen are pushing a host of police reforms after prosecutors declined to charge an officer who shot a man 14 times, including equipping police with body cameras and identifying officers prone to violence.

The plan comes as the city’s black community grapples with District Attorney John Chisholm’s decision Monday not to charge former officer Christopher Manney with any criminal wrongdoing in the death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in April. Manney fatally shot Hamilton in a downtown park, emptying his service semi-automatic’s magazine into him. Manney is white; Hamilton was black.

Scores of protesters gathered at the park Tuesday evening, then marched on the Bradley Center arena - where police mounted a strong show of force - and then returned to the park. Other demonstrators staged a brief “die-in” at a busy shopping mall in suburban Wauwatosa.

Earlier in the day, Alderman Russell Stamper began a news conference to promote the reforms proposal Tuesday by saying he was disgusted with Chisholm’s decision.

“This is a sad time for our community,” Stamper said. “This situation is painful and it hurts.”

The proposal calls for spending $1 million to equip every Milwaukee officer with a body camera and creating an “early warning system” that would use citizen complaints and performance reviews to identify aggressive officers who may pose a threat to the public and get them counseling.

Also on the agenda is creating a panel to advise the police on community relations and re-evaluating diversity training for officers. The plan also calls for pushing Mayor Tom Barrett to name two more members to the Fire and Police Commission, the entity that oversees the police. The commission currently has seven members but Barrett can name up to nine.

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No serious injuries in Pulaski school bus crash

PULASKI, Wis. (AP) - No serious injuries were reported when a Pulaski school bus was involved in three-vehicle crash on snow-covered, slick roads.

Pulaski Community School District Milton Thompson says 17 students and one driver were on the bus Tuesday morning when a car lost control and crashed into the bus. The bus then was knocked into another lane, and slid into a milk truck.

Thompson says the roads were covered with snow and slippery, and the conditions contributed to the crash.

The crash happened near an elementary school, and Thompson says the students went there and were seen by the school nurse. Some students had bumps and bruises.

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