Speaking up against injustices on Dontre Day
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Four years after Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee Police officer, people come together to talk about injustices they see in the city.
In April 2014, a white Milwaukee Police officer fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee. Four years later, more than 50 people gathered to sing, rap, dance and speak out against injustices they see in the city Saturday afternoon. Rapper Simon Mustafa said he sees too much police brutality and racial profiling.
"Growing up all my life, it's all I've seen," Mustafa said. "It would be ignorant not to speak up on it and bring awareness to it."
Former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call for a welfare check on a man sleeping in the park. Manney said Hamilton resisted when he tried to frisk him. The two exchanged punches before Hamilton got a hold of Manney's baton and hit him on the neck with it, the former officer has said. Manney then opened fire, hitting Hamilton 14 times.
"It's obviously wrong. It's sad that it takes all of this to bring awareness to it," Mustafa said.
Hamilton's family said he suffered from schizophrenia and had recently stopped taking his medication. Saturday's gathering comes just days after a controversial violent arrest in Milwaukee's north side. On Wednesday Milwaukee Police responded for a man having a mental health crisis. Body camera video shows the suspect throwing punches and cell phone video shows Lowe being taken to the ground and punched and kicked by officers. That arrest lead to a protest in the city Friday.
As for Dontre Hamilton, people will continue to come together every year for Dontre Day, through song and dance to speak loudly about injustices they see in the city.