- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says a decision not to charge a white police officer in the shooting of a black man appears “pretty firmly grounded” in law.

District Attorney John Chisholm announced Monday that he would not charge former Officer Christopher Manney in the April shooting death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Chisholm said Manney was justified in using deadly force after the men fought and Hamilton got Manney’s baton.

Flynn fired Manney in October, saying the officer acted improperly by trying to frisk Hamilton during a welfare check.

Flynn said there’s no inconsistency in Manney being fired but not charged. He says Manney wasn’t fired for using force - he was fired for getting himself into a situation that needed it.

Manney’s attorney didn’t return a call for comment.



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