The family of a schizophrenic Black man fatally shot 14 times by a white police officer in Milwaukee are calling for criminal charges for the cop and advocating for better resources and protection for mentally ill people, AP reports.
On Oct. 15, Milwaukee Officer Christopher Manney was fired for instigating the fight that led to the April 30 shooting and death of Dontre, 31, in a local park. The fatal police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., compelled Dontre’s family to act after nearly six months of waiting for authorities to release details about the incident.
"We tried to be accepting and respectful of the way the system works...Until it got to the point where the Mike Brown thing happened," Nate Hamilton told AP. "Now, you know who this police officer is, you're seeing them get information, and in Milwaukee, we're not getting no information."
The decision of whether to charge Manney for Dontre’s death has reportedly been delayed by the district attorney’s office until a recommendation is made by a national use-of-force expert.
To continue building support, Dontre’s family has been organizing local peaceful protests and support groups for women whose sons died in police shooting or custody.
They have also focused on mental health issues, such as addressing weaknesses in mental health and social programs, and established a foundation in Dontre’s memory.
"We can't bring Dontre back,” Dameion Perkins, Dontre’s other brother, told AP, "but what we can do is help somebody along the way.”
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