MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Police Department has fired the police officer who fatally shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Hamilton was shot at Red Arrow Park on April 30th during an apparent “struggle” with the police officer.
Following is a statement by the president of the police union on the matter:
“The use of deadly force by an officer is a difficult decision that must be made accurately and instantaneously – the MPA is confident in the officer’s training and trust the action taken was of necessity.” …”there is no doubt that the officer involved in this situation wishes he wasn’t – officer’s come to work each and every day hoping to affect life to the positive, not to be forced into a deadly force scenario” …“with that being said, we wish for peace for the family of Dontre; our officer has expressed concern and compassion for the family as well” … “as to the MPD leadership and City leadership, today is an unfortunate day – the decision to terminate this officer is cowardice and certainly unfounded and unsupported by fact.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is set to update the media at 3:30 p.m. on the status of the internal investigation regarding this case.