A former Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a black man in April will not face charges, the county district attorney announced Monday, calling the gun use "justified self-defense." But the Justice Department will launch a civil rights review of the case, a U.S. attorney announced later in the day.
"If Officer Christopher Manney did not violate the law, then is anyone legally responsible for Mr. Hamilton's death? Does the criminal law protect individuals like Mr. Hamilton from deadly force by police officers? Are police officers above the law?" Chris Ahmuty, the group's president, asked.
When speaking to reporters Monday, Chisholm called the incident "tragic" for both the Hamilton family and the community.