City drafts $2.3 million settlement in Dontre Hamilton lawsuit

Hamilton was shot and killed by police in 2014
Posted at 6:54 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 12:29:35-04

The City of Milwaukee reached a $2.3 million settlement with the family of Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill Milwaukee man who was shot and killed by police in 2014.

His family had been ready to go to trial on a federal civil rights lawsuit, but a deal made public on Tuesday stopped it.

"The Common Council issues a resolution asking for approval on a tentative settlement the parties have reached for the amount of $2.3 million," said Jonathan Safran, the attorney for the Hamilton family.

The City of Milwaukee has tentatively agreed to pay the family.

On April 30, 2014 Hamilton was shot and killed by Officer Christopher Manning. Manning  responded to a man laying in Red Arrow Park. A struggle happened after Manning helped Hamilton up and began to pat him down.

Police say Hamilton got a hold of the officer's baton. Hamilton was shot 14 times. In the federal lawsuit, a judge ruled Hamilton's constitutional rights were violated during the pat down. But the city had been appealing that decision.

"If the settlement doesn't get approved the case would continue at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals level," Safran said.

The settlement deal will go to the Common Council for a vote. In the meantime, Safran said Hamilton's family is not ready to talk about the settlement.

"We have all agreed that we are not going to make any further comments at this point until after everything is approved," Safran said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett did not have a comment Tuesday. He plans to address the settlement sometime on Wednesday.

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