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Gwen Moore asks for deeper federal review of Hamilton case
Written by Tom Kertscher of the Journal Sentinel   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:15

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) has called on the U.S. Attorney's Office to conduct a "pattern and practice" review of the Milwaukee Police Department in connection with the Dontre Hamilton case.

Moore made the request this week in a letter to the federal prosecutor's office in Milwaukee.

In the wake of the decision by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office not to issue criminal charges against a fired Milwaukee police officer in Hamilton's fatal shooting, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced it would review the incident.

Moore's request asks the prosecutor to go further, and do a broader review of whether the department systemically violates citizens' civil rights.

 
President Obama fires up Milwaukee crowd for Mary Burke
Written by JESSIE OPOIEN | The Capital Times | jopoien@madison.com | @jessieopie   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:56

MILWAUKEE — With exactly one week until Election Day, President Barack Obama campaigned in Milwaukee with Mary Burke on Tuesday evening.

The president visited North Division High School, a school located in a predominantly African-American ward that gave him 99 percent of the vote in 2012. The crowd, estimated at 3,547 by the Milwaukee fire inspector, filled the school's field house, occasionally erupting into cheers of "Mary!" and "Obama."

"This is ground zero," said Avis Wright, a Milwaukee resident, of the school and its surrounding community.

She and Teresa Brewer said Burke embraced the president's support in the nick of time. Tuesday's visit was Obama's third trip to Wisconsin during the course of the gubernatorial race, but the first time the two appeared together in public. They spoke on the phone during his first visit and met privately when he returned.

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