Milwaukee protesters block interstate over police killings (PHOTOS)
The I-43 in downtown Milwaukee was completely halted in both directions by approximately 100 protesters at rush hour, about 5:00pm and remained inoperable for about 75 minutes.
“Disappointed our continued efforts to work w/ Hamilton family to ensure safe demonstrations went ignored requiring law enforcement action,” tweeted Milwaukee police.
Protesters block road to I-43. Cars honking. pic.twitter.com/oHLkKW7JrY
— Ashley Sears (@AshleySears6) December 19, 2014
There have been a chain of peaceful protests in Milwaukee following the killing of Dontre Hamilton, a black man aged 31, who was shot 14 times by a police officer at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee on April 30, but there have not been so many arrests made so far.
Intentional disruptions inflicted on this city impose a very real public safety cost on the community at large. (1/2, cont.)
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) December 20, 2014
“We're still peaceful,” Dontre's brother, Nathaniel Hamilton, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Nothing is burning. Nothing is torn down. No one's hurt. I don't want them to think being disruptive is being violent.”
Milwaukee Co. Sheriff's Office say more than 70 arrests after protesters block traffic on I-43 (FRID389 and FRID397) pic.twitter.com/1HQxYsn91x
— CBS Newspath Chicago (@NewspathMidwest) December 20, 2014
An attorney for the Hamilton family, Jonathan Safran, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the family does not approve of protesters blocking a freeway.
— Terry Sater (@noozdude1) December 19, 2014
“Intentional disruptions inflicted on this city impose a very real public safety cost on the community at large,” police said in a statement. “Every officer protecting protesters from death/injury in traffic is one pulled from neighborhoods most at risk from violent crime.”
— OverpassLightBrigade (@OLBLightBrigade) December 20, 2014
Protesters in Milwaukee have been demanding charges be filed against white Milwaukee ex-police officer Christopher Manney, who shot unarmed and mentally ill Hamilton multiple times – one of them in the back, experts claim.
Ladies first. Police process female protesters first in police processing vehicle on I 43 on ramp. pic.twitter.com/oEXrZqVt1j
— Colleen Henry (@colleenmariehen) December 19, 2014
According to the media Manney was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department in October for not following proper procedures - without any charges brought against him, which is still a subject to final decision by the end of this year, District Attorney John Chisholm said this week.