Milwaukee's mayor issues statement to local protesters after Ferguson grand jury announcement
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued a statement moments after it was announced that a grand jury in Missouri decided not to criminally charge the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.
\"I have respect for the rule of law, civil rights and the right to peacefully assemble,\" Mayor Barrett's statement began. \"In Milwaukee, I appreciate the peaceful and respectful manner in which individuals have expressed their frustration. The Milwaukee Police Department is prepared for every possible development. I am hopeful any demonstration or protest will be civil and safe.\"
Supporters of the family of Dontre Hamilton gathered at Red Arrow Park for the announcement from Ferguson.
Hamilton was shot dead by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney.
Manney lost his job for not following police procedure when patting down Hamilton in the park back in April.
Manney said Hamilton attacked him with his own baton and that he feared for his life when he shot him 14 times.
The family says they are frustrated by the pace of the Milwaukee investigation and believe criminal charges are warranted.
District Attorney John Chisolm says a new law requiring an outside investigator in officer involved shootings is partially to blame for the delay.
Chisolm says he's still waiting for reports to come back on the use of force from both an independent and federal investigation.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Milwaukee issued the following statement Monday night:
\"The grief and frustration of the American people is justified and understandable, especially as we struggle to address the highly polarized relationship between law enforcement and young black men. The unnecessary loss of Michael Brown's young life should urge all Americans to recommit to reconciliation during this dark time. As we reflect on the grand jury's decision, let us move toward honoring the dignity and value of Michael's life. The Brown family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.\"