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(CNN) — A district attorney has decided against charges in the case of a police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man more than a dozen times in Milwaukee.

The officer, Christopher Manney, killed Dontre Hamilton during a confrontation in April.

The officer says he opened fire when Hamilton grabbed his baton and struck him with it.

Manney has since been fired for not following protocols, but he will not be charged.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that criminal charges are not appropriate in this case, and I am releasing all of the information related to this investigation so that you, the public, can see all the facts related to this decision,” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm told reporters Monday.

In a report, he wrote that the officer’s use of force was “justified self-defense and that defense cannot be reasonably overcome to establish a basis to charge Officer Manney with a crime.”

Chisholm anticipated that some might be upset with his decision and, in fact, protesters began taking to the streets Monday night.

According to local media, the officer is white; Hamilton was black.

“On a human level, of course it’s tragic. Anytime I have to tell a family that I can’t bring justice to them when one of their loved ones has died, it’s always tragic. It’s terrible,” Chisholm said.

“The reason that our job is unique is our obligation is not to tell people necessarily what they want to hear. We have to follow our ethical obligations and the law, and sometimes that’s very difficult … But it’s a privilege to be able to do the job, and we’re committed to doing it the right way,” he told reporters.

Following Chisholm’s announcement, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it would conduct a federal civil rights review of the case, which comes amid ongoing national protests around race and law enforcement in America.

Earlier this year in Ferguson, Missouri, a jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

Charges were also not filed in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, who died in Staten Island, New York, after an officer put him in a chokehold.

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3 comments

  • heidi

    Sooooo….if there are two people fighting and one has a gun and the other starts hitting him then its ok for the one who has the gun to shoot the other???? No…that person would be charged with murder but since it was a police officer instead of a citizen it makes it ok???? wtf is wrong with are judicial system??? it seems to me that there has been an abnormal amount of killings done by police lately and EVERYONE of them has got off scott free!!! im so amazed at the lack of our government on this issue!! gee! i wonder why nobody like the police!!! their wicked mean and nasty!! what are they here for??? to protect or murder people?? what a waste of space!! fuck the police frfr!!!

    • TheFoundingFathers

      Please take AL Sharpton’s dick out of your mouth, then insert your foot into mouth. You are just like the rest, and I hope when the time comes if you ever need police assistance they don’t show up!

    • Jules2u

      Heidi, are you saying a person has no right to self defense? You do realize that a person hitting you could kill you, right? You also realize that many people are killed every year with the only weapons used are hands and feet? Last time I checked a person has the right to self defense through whatever means are available to them.