MILWAUKEE -- Civil rights activist and reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. spoke to demonstrators Friday afternoon before walking with them through the streets of Milwaukee.
Jackson is in town to meet with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and also show support for the family of Dontre Hamilton. He said he believes the federal government should not only review the Hamilton case, but also the practices and patterns within the Milwaukee Police Department.
Hamilton was shot and killed in Red Arrow Park by former Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney in April 2014 after a struggle with his baton. In December 2014, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm made the decision not to charge Manney in Hamilton's death.
Before the rally Friday afternoon, TODAY'S TMJ4 sat down with Jackson to get his thoughts on the case.
TODAY'S TMJ4: What do you expect to get from these meetings with Mayor Barrett and US Attorney Jim Santelle?
Jackson: To understand the legitimacy of this pattern of blacks killed in Milwaukee, about the pattern of blacks killed around the country.
TODAY'S TMJ4: A national civil rights activist like yourself and Rev. Al Sharpton coming to town -- you make it about race, is it about race?
Jackson: It is certainly not about reason when somebody is shot and these patterns exist, but it is easy to accuse those who fight for justice as being the cause.
Jackson said he wants to shed the national spotlight on the case and he believes people are just waiting to see how the wheels of justice are going to play out.