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Fired Milwaukee officer starts process to appeal in court (UPDATE)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer who was fired for improper procedure in the lead-up to a fatal shooting has started the process to appeal in circuit court.

Christopher Manney filed a notice with the Fire and Police Commission, which certifies the case records and sends them to the court and that starts the action. The commission has five days to do that.

Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney for inappropriately frisking the mentally ill Dontre Hamilton in a downtown park in April 2014. Manney was checking on Hamilton’s welfare, but it turned into a confrontation in which Hamilton allegedly grabbed Manney’s baton and hit him.

The commissioners upheld Flynn’s decision last month. Manney filed notice Tuesday.

Police union president, Michael Crivello, said Thursday the union will remain behind Manney through the process.

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