Milwaukee aldermen propose police reforms

Officer cleared Monday in Hamilton shooting
Milwaukee aldermen propose police reforms
Dontre Hamilton

A group of Milwaukee City Council members are proposing an array of police reforms in the wake of Dontre Hamilton’s shooting death.

Former Officer Christopher Manney, who is white, shot Hamilton, who is black, 14 times in a downtown park in April. Manney was fired for initiating a pat-down of Hamilton that led to the shooting but District Attorney John Chisholm cleared Manney of any criminal wrongdoing on Monday.

Five City Council members have unveiled a plan that calls for creating a panel to advise police on community relations, re-evaluating officers’ diversity training; expanding the Fire and Police Commission; equipping every officer with a body camera; and monitoring certain officers for violent tendencies.

A spokesman for the Milwaukee Police Department didn’t immediate return messages.