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Panel says fired Milwaukee officer violated policy

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A panel of police commissioners in Milwaukee has concluded that a white officer violated department protocol before shooting a black man last year.

Christopher Manney shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in a downtown park last April. According to Manney, Hamilton grabbed the officer's baton and attacked him with it.

Hamilton had paranoid schizophrenia, but his family has said he wasn't dangerous.

Prosecutors found the shooting was justified but Chief Ed Flynn still fired Manney, saying he improperly initiated a pat-down. Manney was trying to convince a three-commissioner panel to reinstate him.

The panel ruled unanimously Monday that Manney improperly initiated the pat-down. The panel next will decide whether termination was the proper discipline. It's not clear how long that process may take.

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