U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin
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December 22, 2014

United States Attorney Announces Federal Civil Rights Review of the Dontre Hamilton Matter

This morning, the Milwaukee County District Attorney announced his decision, based on his review of the relevant facts and the applicable state law, not to initiate criminal charges against Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney in connection with the death of Mr. Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 30, 2014.

The United States Department of Justice will undertake a federal review of this case to determine if, under federal civil rights law, there is a basis, both legal and factual, upon which a federal civil rights prosecution may be premised. This review will be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Civil Rights Division.

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