Family of man shot dead by police hires lawyer

no lawsuit, but examining all options

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE-One week to the day that 31 year Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot during a scuffle with a police officer in Red Arrow Park the family announced that it has retained legal counsel.

"We don't believe Dontre died as a suspect," Hamilton's brother Nathaniel said Wednesday night. "We believe Dontre died as a victim."

At issue for the family is the number of shots. By some accounts anywhere from 6 to 10.

"It was overkill," declared the brother, "they shot him 8, 9 times, for what? We want to know why."

The attorneys now representing the family include Ian Wallach, a trial lawyer from the firm Feldman and Wallach in California, and Jonathan S. Safran, the local attorney who was part of the team that won a settlement from the city over the beating of Frank Jude, Jr. at an off duty police officer party in Bayview.

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