U.S. Attorney announces federal civil rights review in Dontre Hamilton case

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The United States Department of Justice announced on Monday evening, December 22nd that it will undertake a federal review of this case to determine if, under federal civil rights law, there is a basis, both legal and factual, upon which a federal civil rights prosecution may be premised.

The review will be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Civil Rights Division.

The review comes after the Milwaukee County District Attorney announced his decision, based on his review of the relevant facts and the applicable state law, not to initiate criminal charges against Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney in connection with the death of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 30th.

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