Mayor to OK $2.3M for black man killed by cop

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A spokeswoman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he's expected to sign a $2.3 million settlement for the death of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2014.

Spokeswoman Jodie Tabak made the comment hours after the city's Common Council approved the settlement Wednesday.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the son of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Officer Christopher Manney approached Hamilton as he slept in a downtown park. Manney said Hamilton attacked him when the officer frisked Hamilton for weapons. Manney shot him 14 times and claimed self-defense.

One alderman abstained from voting, saying he didn't believe Manney did anything wrong.


Milwaukee officials have approved a $2.3 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot in a 2014 confrontation with a white police officer.

The deal for the family of Dontre Hamilton still news a signature from Mayor Tom Barrett. The Milwaukee Common Council gave its unanimous approval Wednesday.

Officer Christopher Manney was responding to a complaint of a man sleeping in a downtown Milwaukee park when he encountered Hamilton. Manney says Hamilton attacked him as he frisked him for weapons. The officer says he shot Hamilton in self-defense. Hamilton was shot 14 times.

Manney was fired for violating department rules when he encountered Hamilton, not for the fatal shooting.Hamilton's family later sued the city over Dontre's death.

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