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Dozens arrested at Milwaukee police shooting protest

Dozens of protesters rallying in support of Dontre Hamilton's family were arrested after they blocked a major intersection, causing a three-mile traffic jam. Hamilton, 31, was shot 14 times during a confrontation with police on April 30.

By Amy R. Connolly

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Dozens of protesters who gathered in support of the family of a man shot 14 times by police were arrested Friday for causing a three-mile traffic jam on a Wisconsin freeway.

The protesters called for justice in the death of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot during a police confrontation in a public park on April 30. Milwaukee police said 73 adults and one child were arrested on Interstate 43 as they cause the backup during the evening rush hour.

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Hamilton was shot after workers at a Starbucks near the park complained about him sleeping in the park. Hamilton's family said he had a history of mental illness. Officials are considering charging Officer Christopher Manney in the shooting. Manney was arrested shortly after the incident.

Among the many protesters were Hamilton's brother Nathaniel and mother Maria.

"We're still peaceful," 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."

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