By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
November 19, 2015
Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn confirmed that Nate Hamilton, the brother of deceased Dontre Hamilton and four other people were taken into custody for disorderly conduct after using bullhorns just after 5:15 p.m. to disrupt the annual City of Milwaukee and County Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Red Arrow Park. Chief Flynn said, that Nate Hamilton and his group didn't have a permit to assemble for a vigil and disrupted the tree lighting event, which 500 people attended. The tree lighting event organizers had a permit.
Hamilton and the Coalition for Justice held a planned vigil for Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park in conjunction with the tree lighting event.
Police have been very tolerant with Hamilton's exercise of free speech and his group protesting and closing down streets in wake of Dontre Hamilton's homicide in April 30, 2014 at Red Arrow Park by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney. Manney was fired, but was able to get disability pay for stress. The U.S.DOJ decided not to charge Manney for violating Hamilton's civil rights resulting in homicide. Chief Flynn says, the Hamilton family and the Coalition for Justice group don't like the decision made by the DOJ not to charge Manney.
Hamilton and the protesters disregarded the rights of those people at the tree lighting event and were arrested, according to Police Chief Flynn. Those arrested were identified as Nate Hamilton, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Vaun L. Mayes and Corey Kirkwood. Kirtwood allegedly burned a U.S. flag during the GOP presidential debates in Milwaukee last week. They were transferred to Milwaukee Police District 2 Station for holding and expected to be moved to the Milwaukee Criminal Justice Facility (County Jail) for booking.