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For Immediate Release:
M Adams: 414-430-1321
Brandi Grayson: 608-213-0707
Justice for Dontre Hamilton!
Once again a white police officer who killed an unarmed Black man has been let free of any consideration of criminal charges.
On April 30th Dontre Hamilton was killed by officer Christopher Manney. Hamilton was shot 14 times after being woken up for sleeping in a public park. Today a grand jury decision has been announced that they will not be taking Manney to trial and he will be let free from any charges. Community members are currently gathering in Red Arrow Park to respond to the decision.
Protests have been happening since April in Milwaukee to call for justice for Dontre Hamilton. Young Gifted and Black was in Milwaukee to support local organizers with an action to stop traffic and to raise awareness of this issue this past Friday. This injustice has happened in Madison’s back yard and we have an obligation to show solidarity.
Rather than seek to support the peaceful protests of widespread outrage at this decision, Governor Walker has primed the national guard to intervene risking to create a Ferguson-like militarized response.
We do not rely on the criminal justice system and we do not believe it can bring justice in any situation. We are not surprised by the police killings of Dontre Hamilton, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and others; nor are we surprised that these officers were not indicted. These systems were not built for us, and we cannot rely on them to free us.
Though we are not surprised, we are still enraged by no indictment for the police officer coming amidst a sea of protests across the country for the non-indictment for the police who killed Mike Brown and Eric Garner. This shows us state violence is killing us and the systems in place are not protecting us. This also shows us that change must come from the people—we must take to the streets and see vast changes in the way we view policing, the criminal system, and the prison industrial complex.
We understand this moment in the context of 2 police officers being killed in NYC. While we don’t condone this kind of violence, black families face the injustice of having their children killed over and over and call for peaceful protests, however, the NYPD leaders have called for war against protesters, the Mayor of NYC and the #Blacklivesmatter movement. We remain vigilante in a peaceful effort for our demands to be met, and for the liberation of Black people.
We stand in solidarity with the Hamilton Family and the organizers in Milwaukee, and we will continue to push for an end to state violence against Black people here in Madison and across the country.
We will hold a rally and protest on Saturday December 27 in the East Towne Mall Parking lot near Culver’s at 3:30 pm.
No Justice No Peace!
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We are taking Dontre’s story from Milwaukee to the world. We are partnering with the Rainbow Push Coalition to hold a national press conference in Chicago,Illinois (930 East 50th St.) to announce the federal investigation into the murder of Dontre Hamilton, and we want all of you to join us! If you’ve ever come to a rally, stood with us, met with us, seen us on tv, read about us in the paper, or seen us on social media, etc., we are asking that all come down to Chicago with us so that we can stand united and tell Milwaukee’s story!
We told you that we were not going to stop until justice was served, and this is our next step. We are going to tell the nation what thi…s city did to Dontre, and how justice has been too long delayed and denied in MKE. We are going to bring this system of police violence and brutality to its knees, and rebuild anew.
Please Join Us!
Transportation: We are asking that all those that are available please meet us All Peoples Church (2600 North 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212) where we will be coordinating car pools to transport folks down to Chicago and back. We are asking for all those who can drive and have room for others to ride along please send us an email at TheCoalitionForJustice@gmail.com or give us a call at 414-375.9330. your help would be greatly appreciated.
We are asking that everyone meet at All Peoples by 7am, and we will leave promptly around 7:30. The Rally and Press Conference will begin around 10am and last roughly til about 1pm.
Note: If you would like to join us at the rally/press conference but do not wish to meet us at All Peoples that is totally ok we will look for you in Chicago! We just really want all of you to come out.
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89 East Towne Mall, Madison, 3: 30 p.m.
WI BOPM photos from Milwaukee, (December 23): http://tinyurl.com/pcjp9vd
Updates & Coverage: https://wibailoutpeople.org/
People’s Power Assemblies: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesPowerAssemblies
Ferguson Response Network: http://fergusonresponse.tumblr.com/
Protest 5 pm, Red Arrow Park. Milwaukee.
For Official Release by The Coalition For Justice:
To Milwaukee and Our Country,
The decision released today by Milwaukee’s District Attorney John Chisholm is in no uncertain terms an affirmation that the justice system of our city, state, and country has once again failed. There is no justification that can be provided that will allow us to believe that this officer operated within the law when the initial meeting between Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney originated by an unconstitutional pat down that violated Dontre’s basic/fundamental rights as a citizen of this country and as a human being.
Your justice system has once again proven that black people continue to be seen as nothing more than 3/5ths human, and property that can be destroyed and/or terminated at the whim of officers that were taught to view black skin as a threat long before they ever received their gun and badge. It is our belief that there can be numerous “outside investigative agencies” and “experts” who review cases such as this; however, as long as the criminal justice system is based on practices, principals, and polices, that subordinate and denigrate groups of people based on race, no true justice will ever prevail.
The fact remains that Dontre Hamilton was racially and criminally targeted because he was Black man, sleeping in a public park. We feel that when rudimentary rights such as resting become illegal for the people of this country, that we have truly lost our way, and veered off on a slippery slope that will justify more unmerited murders such as the one that took place in Red Arrow Park on April 30, 2014.
You have therefore left the members of this community no other alternatives than to stand up, protest, and take the justice that was rightfully ours at birth. There is no justice. So there can be no peace or compromise.
Signed With Disdain For Your Corrupt System,
The Coalition For Justice
SIGN PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/k8rmxst
Milwaukee D.A. John Chisholm’s decision not to indict Christopher Manney for fatally shooting Dontre Hamilton was a tragedy and an outrage. Now it is up to the federal government to intervene. Please investigate Dontre’s shooting, and charge former Officer Manney with murder.