Aldermen propose police reforms after shooting

Aldermen propose police reforms after shooting

Several Milwaukee aldermen are pushing for police reforms after prosecutors declined to charge an officer who shot a man 14 times.

Five City Council members detailed a plan Tuesday that includes creating a community relations panel and re-evaluating officers’ diversity training. They also want officers equipped with body cameras and monitoring of certain officers for violent tendencies.

A police spokesman says the department welcomes the aldermen’s proposal.

The plan comes eight months after former officer Christopher Manney fatally shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in a downtown park.

Relatives say Hamilton had schizophrenia. Manney, who is white, says Hamilton, who was black, resisted when he tried to frisk him, grabbed his baton and hit him.

Manney was fired for initiating the pat-down. Local prosecutors cleared him of criminal wrongdoing Monday.