Christopher Manney appeal hearing expected by the end of February
That update was announced Thursday evening at the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission meeting at City Hall. An official date has not yet been set, but officials say the hearing will come in the final week in February.
Manney shot Hamilton 14 times in the park on April 30. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn fired Manney for breaking police procedure by giving Hamilton a pat down, setting off the altercation that led to Hamilton taking Manney's baton and ended with Hamilton's death.
Manney was terminated on October 15, two days after submitting an application for duty-disability benefits, citing post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the fatal shooting. He filed an appeal of his termination, asking for his job back two days later.
Before Thursday's meeting, attorneys for the Hamilton family released a statement questioning the lack of communication from city officials about the appeal process.
The statement reads, in part:
\"Most recently, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners indicated that the disciplinary appeal trial would be scheduled during the early part of February. We are approaching the end of the first week of February. The attorneys for the Hamilton family have today been advised that there has not yet been communication between the attorneys for Chief Flynn and the City of Milwaukee, with the attorneys representing Christopher Manney about scheduling the disciplinary appeal trial....After waiting for almost eight months for the District Attorney to make a charging decision, the Hamilton family and Milwaukee citizens are now waiting almost four months since Christopher Manney filed his disciplinary appeal with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to schedule the disciplinary appeal trial. Once again, no timeline is being provided by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the disciplinary appeal trial, in the same manner as when no timeline was provided by the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation for the criminal investigation to be completed, and in the same manner as when no timeline was provided by District Attorney John Chisholm for his charging decision.\"
Nate Hamilton, Dontre's brother, says he's lost all faith and trust in the judicial process.
\"We've been let down, how much can we take?\" Hamilton said. \"We can fight back, we will fight back, we will remove these people from position of they can't do their job.\"
It's still unclear which commissioners will hear the appeal, but those commissioners will decide if Manney gets his job back or if Flynn's decision to discharge Manney will stand.
Stay tuned to CBS 58 News for updates.