Milwaukee police board will take up Manney appeal in March

The AP

A former Milwaukee police officer who is appealing his firing after he shot and killed an unarmed man in a park last year will have a trial before the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in March.

Christopher Manney was fired in October, months after he shot Dontre Hamilton.

Manney, who is white, said he acted in self-defense when he shot Hamilton 14 times in April.

But police Chief Edward Flynn said Manney ignored department policy and treated Hamilton, who is black, like a criminal by frisking him. Hamilton’s family has said the man suffered from schizophrenia.

The police commissioners’ board says it initially set a trial date for Feb. 27, but both sides requested an adjournment. So the trial will now be held in March. A final date hasn’t been set.