The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP is calling for the federal government to investigate the way in which Milwaukee Police Officers treat African Americans. The group is calling for a “patterns and practice” investigation – and more.

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Thursday marked day one of the appeal hearing for former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney. It’s been nearly one year since he fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed, mentally ill black man in Red Arrow Park. While no criminal charges were filed, Manney was fired late last year for violating what the police department says are its rules when it comes to pat-downs.

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The relationship between Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and officers on the force remains tense.

The Milwaukee Police Department says, when possible, it summons officers with special training but could use much more community support.

Five black men filed lawsuits in July, accusing Milwaukee police officers of conducting or overseeing illegal strip searches.

The Milwaukee Police Department says one of its officers was arrested Wednesday.

Former MPD Officer Michael Vagnini must spend 26 months in prison, for conducting invasive body searches on suspects. In April, the 34-year-old pleaded no contest to four felonies and four misdemeanors.

Milwaukee police shot a man early Thursday, after officers say he fired a gun and refused to drop it.