Family of man killed by police gathers to honor his memory
MILWAUKEE - A family wants answers after their son was shot and killed by Milwaukee Police at Red Arrow Park. Police say Dontre Hamilton was attacking an officer with his own baton, forcing the officer to shoot.
Family and friends returned to Red Arrow Park Wednesday wearing shirts in memory of Dontre's life. They paused for 31 seconds of silence and to release 31 balloons in his memory one week after he was killed.
"My brother was a victim. He was not a suspect," said Nate Hamilton. "He was a victim, an innocent person who had the right to be in this park that day."
There are two investigations into this shooting. Milwaukee Police are doing their own. But a new law now requires state investigators to independently find out what happened.
Police say an officer responded to a man laying the in the park. They say a struggle started after the officer helped Dontre up and began to pat him down.
Police Chief Edward Flynn says Dontre grabbed the officer's baton and hit the officer in the head. Moments late police say the officer fired as many as ten shots killing Dontre.
Dontre struggled with mental illness and hearing voices but the family say he was never violent towards anyone. They believe there's more to the story. The family now has legal team that includes lawyers from Milwaukee and California.
"I want to know why my son was killed," said Maria Hamilton. "Why he couldn't sit in that park and just have a piece of mind."
For now the family hopes the investigations will give them peace of mind.
The family says they are frustrated police have not talked to them about the shooting. TODAY'S TMJ4 asked MPD about that and police say they have talked with the family and will in the future as the investigation proceeds.