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Fired Milwaukee police officer has 10 days to file court appeal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer who was fired for improper procedure in the lead-up to a fatal shooting has 10 days to file an appeal in circuit court to try to get his job back.

Chief Edward Flynn fired Christopher Manney for inappropriately frisking the mentally ill Dontre Hamilton in a downtown park last April. Manney had gone to check on Hamilton’s welfare, but it turned into a confrontation in which Hamilton allegedly grabbed Manney’s baton and hit him.

A panel of fire and police commissioners upheld Flynn’s decision last month. The written decision was filed with the panel’s board chairman Tuesday, which triggers the 10-day period for Manney to file a court appeal.

Manney’s attorney has previously indicated he would appeal but he didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday.

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