7 months and still there has been no arrest of Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney for the killing of Dontre Hamilton, which is why the Coalition for Justice continues to take its fight to the streets.
On Tuesday afternoon, dozens of students met at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s campus, including the mother of Dontre Hamilton, Maria Perkins. The students immediately took to the streets and began the nearly three and a half mile march to Red Arrow Park, the place where Dontre Hamilton was gunned down by Manney.
There the students met up with others gathering for a 4:00 rally and march organized by the Coalition for Justice. Dontre’s brother Nate Hamilton started off the evening with a few words for the group.
After a brief rally, they made their way onto Water Street blocking rush hour traffic en route to Milwaukee City Hall.
Marchers arrived at city hall filling the building with loud chants and echoes of “WHAT’S HIS NAME? DONTRE HAMILTON”
Milwaukee MPD had dozens of officers stationed in city hall who immediately blocked off the stairs to the public offices of the building. Organizers asked the officers why they were being blocked from entering a public building and speaking to Mayor Barrett. There was no response from the officers who continued to block marchers from passing.
Once it became clear that no one would be allowed entrance to the mayor’s office organizers asked everyone to take a seat for what they said would be a teach-in.
Nate Hamilton pulled a piece of paper out of his pocket and began reading the autopsy report for his brother, which the family had just released. A black effigy of Dontre was brought forward and held in front of the MPD officers who continued their blockade. As the intricate details of each of the 14 shots fired were revealed another organizer simultaneously pinned paper bullets on the effigy doll producing a revealing visual of the shooting.
Nate elaborated on how certain bullets were shot in a downward direction, including one in his back, proving his brother was not advancing, but shielding himself from Manney.
Once the autopsy report was finished the Dontre effigy was walked over to the city Christmas tree and placed at it’s trunk. Organizers began to pass out official forms to all present asking them to register an official complaint against Officer Manney with the city, which could then be turned it immediately to city hall.
It was quickly pointed out that the complaints needed to be signed in front of a notary. This appeared to be a problem, but suddenly and fortunately two different demonstrators came forward declaring themselves as official notaries and immediately began processing the complaints as lines formed out from them.
As each person handed in their signed and notarized complaint they went home, but as we’ve learned these past seven months the Coalition for Justice is not going away. Their next mass meeting will take place next Wednesday, December 17th at 6pm (at All Peoples Church – 2600 N 2nd St). Please join them.