Family of man shot dead by police return to scene of his death
Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot after grabbing officer's baton
MILWAUKEE-Just days after 31 year old Dontre Hamilton was fatally shot in a struggle with a Milwaukee Police officer, his family returned to the scene of his death.
They brought photos and stuffed animals to Red Arrow Park, right outside the Starbuck's coffee shop where the officer was called on Tuesday to deal with what police called a "troublesome subject."
The circumstances of the shooting are still being investigated, but police said Hamilton became agitated during a pat down with the foot patrol officer, grabbed his baton, and was hitting the officer on the head when the officer opened fire.
A day later, police revealed Hamilton had a history of mental illness.
On Friday during the prayer ceremony, the family told CBS 58 that they are waiting for a complete accounting and answers to why the situation escalated.
Hamilton's brother says he isn't pointing the finger at police, but he wants to know more specifics.
The family acknowledges Hamilton's mental illness and that he was often paranoid that he or his family would be hurt.
They hope his passing will bring better understanding of mental illness and get the community more engaged to prevent further tragedies.
Maria Hamilton, Dontre's mother told CBS 58, "Right now all I want to do is give somebody else's child, somebody else's mother, somebody's else's brother the opportunity to get the help that they need when they need it."
The Milwaukee NAACP also issued the following statement Friday:
Once again, our community must respond to a tragedy in which a person of color, in this instance