Nate Hamilton warns of arrests during anniversary march for his brother
Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton by then Milwaukee Police officer Christopher Manney. Nate Hamilton, Dontre's brother, is warning of possible arrests during a march to mark that anniversary.
Nate Hamilton joined CBS 58's Bill Walsh live in-studio during the News at 4pm, and said that on Thursday afternoon, the family is planning to lead a march down Fond du Lac Rd. to Red Arrow Park, the location of Dontre Hamilton's fatal shooting.
Hamilton says MPD asked the family to get a permit to march, and threatened consequences if a permit wasn't obtained. \"We haven't got a permit. We've been practicing civil disobedience, minor disruption. And I believe Dontre's blood has paid for that permit for us to march,\" Hamilton said, \"They have threatened to arrest tomorrow, and it would be devastating to my family, to the city of Milwaukee if they wouldn't help with us getting access to Fond du Lac and Red Arrow safely. I think we've been more than reasonable.\"In a statement, MPD seemed to downplay the idea of possible arrests:
\"The Milwaukee Police Department is encouraging the Hamilton family to discuss with us the activities they have planned for tomorrow so that we can facilitate the necessary permits. We remain confident - based on our previous success with ensuring safe, orderly, permitted marches - that we will be able to accomplish this by working with the family and their attorney.\"
Hamilton also discussed the violence in Baltimore and why Milwaukee avoided the riots and fires that have raged in Maryland. \"Here we did something different in Milwaukee. That officer lost his job. We maintained to put pressure on the real truth of the matter and not let violence overshadow Dontre Hamilton. We need them to focus on Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney, not on buildings being burned.\"
Since Dontre's death, Nate Hamilton thinks positive change is happening in the Milwaukee Police Department. \"We've implemented trying to get CIT (crisis intervention) training, that's going to take place. But they (MPD) need so much more. they need more tools, more resources,\" he said.
But Hamilton also says \"there is no trust\" between large sections of the community and MPD. \"Right now, these officers don't have to live in these communities, they don't have to care about these communities. We need these officers to really care about their job,\" he said.