Family of man killed by officer at Red Arrow Park critical of state review process

CREATED Jun 30, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - A family wants answers two months after their son was killed by Milwaukee Police at Red Arrow Park. 

Dontre Hamilton's family is critical of state investigators for taking this long to explain why a police officer fired those fatal shots. The Wisconsin Department of Justice says the investigation is nearing completion.
 
The family says Dontre suffered from mental illness but he was not a violent person. 
 
"They're not giving us the facts to back up why they took his life," said Dontre's brother Nate.
 
He says the family is frustrated by the lack information from investigators. They've been waiting for two months.
 
"Two months of just crying. Two months of worrying." 
 
In April, police found Dontre laying in Red Arrow Park in the middle of the day. When an officer helped Dontre to his feet - and started to pat him down - there was a struggle.
 
Police say Dontre grabbed the officer's wooden baton and hit the officer in the head. The officer responded by firing multiple shots killing Dontre. 
 
The family says anyone in their situation - including investigators - should understand why they are frustrated.
 
"They'd want answers," said Nate. "They'd want answers quickly, promptly and they would want the evidence to come forth."
 
A new state law requires officer-involved shootings to be investigated by an outside agency. In this case it's the State's Division of Criminal Investigation.  
 
The extensive investigation is "nearing completion," said Dana Brueck, Communications Officer with the Wisconsin Department of Justice.   Brueck says the two month investigation "required interviews with dozens of possible witnesses." 
 
The family says it just wants justice for Dontre.
 
"We feel we deserve closure after two months of this investigation." said Nate.
 
Milwaukee County's District  Attorney expects to review the results from the investigation this week. Milwaukee Police are not commenting on the case because they are not the lead investigators. 
 
Police tell TODAY'S TMJ4 the officer involved in the incident remains on desk duty.