The Blood Is at the Doorstep

Dontre Hamilton, a Milwaukee man with a history of mental illness, made the mistake of sleeping outside a Starbucks in the city’s Red Arrow Park in April 2014, and when an employee insisted that the police remove him, a scuffle with longtime officer Christopher Manney left Hamilton dead of 14 bullet wounds. Documentary maker Erik Ljung sticks with the Hamilton family for weeks and then months as the wheels of justice turn slowly and then stop: though Manney was fired, a county investigation ruled the shooting to be self-defense and a federal investigation found no grounds for civil rights charges against him. Some good came of the tragedy—Milwaukee cops now wear body cameras and receive crisis intervention training for mental health cases—but the muddled resolution and its coincidence with a wave of police killings across the nation leave the documentary with a jagged edge.