- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014
Milwaukee family seeks charges in police shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The family of a black man shot 14 times by a white police officer in a Milwaukee park marks the spot where he died with red spray paint before starting a rally and marching through city streets.

“Shame on you. People of color are people, too,” protesters chant while carrying signs declaring, “Black Lives Matter.”

The rallies are one way Dontre Hamilton’s family has kept his name in the news in the six months since his death. Smaller and more orderly than those in Ferguson, Missouri, the protests have not drawn national attention but have produced results. The man who shot Hamilton was fired, the first Milwaukee officer in decades to face such discipline in a fatal on-duty shooting.

Now the family wants more: criminal charges for the officer, and improvements in the way mentally ill people - Hamilton had schizophrenia - are treated by police and social service programs.

“They messed with the wrong family. … I’m not going to back down,” said Nate Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton’s brother.

Hamilton’s family participated in a vigil days after his April 30 death but then said little publicly as they waited out an investigation into the shooting. They wanted details about what happened and the officer disciplined. They were frustrated months later, when protests erupted in Ferguson following the shooting of a black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, by a white officer.

“We tried to be accepting and respectful of the way the system works. … Until it got to the point where the Mike Brown thing happened,” Nate Hamilton said. “Now, you know who this police officer is, you’re seeing them get information, and in Milwaukee, we’re not getting no information.”


Missing plane found in Pierce County; pilot dead

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane that went missing on Friday has been found in a Pierce County farm field.

The pilot, 73-year-old Richard Schweitzer of Watersmeet, Michigan, was found dead at the scene. He was the only person on board the single engine Cessna.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says the plane was found Saturday evening after it was spotted by the Civil Air Patrol.

The sheriff’s office says the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board are now investigating.


Milwaukee police union to hold no-confidence vote

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The union representing Milwaukee police officers is holding a no-confidence vote over the police chief’s firing of an officer involved in a fatal shooting.

The Milwaukee Police Association will hold the no-confidence vote for Chief Edward Flynn on Thursday.

Union president Mike Crivello told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/ZRo9MWhttps://bit.ly/ZRo9MW ) that Flynn’s firing of Officer Christopher Manney broke morale among officers. The vote will be nonbinding, but Crivello hopes it will send a message to city leaders, and he suggested it’s time for a new chief.

“The chief did not take time to talk to the officer that he fired. He takes someone’s job that callously, then we too would take his job that callously,” Crivello said.

Flynn said in a statement that the union has a right to express displeasure.

“The moment a chief decides to worry more about his popularity with his officers than doing the right thing, he has become ineffective as a chief,” he said.

Flynn said he fired Manney not because of the use of force, but because he didn’t follow rules in the moments before the shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Flynn said as a result, there was a struggle in which deadly force became Manney’s only option.


Body found in Hamburg is that of missing man, 74

HAMBURG, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a body discovered in the Town of Hamburg is that of a 74-year-old man who had been missing for nearly two weeks.

Goudeniso Gayton went missing Oct. 12 while visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.

His body was found Saturday in a wooded area about a half mile from where his image was captured on a trail camera.

There was no immediate word on his cause of death.

Gayton is from Mexico and was visiting family in the U.S. He went to the shrine with family members. His grandson, Alejandro Vega-Gayton, told the La Crosse Tribune that Gayton’s disappearance was a mystery. Vega-Gayton says his grandfather didn’t want to enter the shrine, and when the family came back outside, he was gone.

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