Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis Sr. Wednesday cited rampant crime, poverty and streets in disrepair among the reasons he will run for mayor in the spring of 2016.
“But the moment of truth came with the handling of the Dontre Hamilton case,” Davis said in making the announcement Wednesday at a small northwest side business. “It revealed to me that Milwaukee needs a comprehensive solution to this long-term problem of in-custody deaths of predominantly African-American males in the city of Milwaukee.”
Hamilton was a mentally ill man shot by Milwaukee police Officer Christopher Manney in Red Arrow Park in April. Manney was fired last week.
Davis will challenge Mayor Tom Barrett and Ald. Bob Donovan in the mayoral race.