It’s not the first time that protesters have mobbed the Red Arrow Park Starbucks in Milwaukee, and it’s unlikely to be the last. Under the name “Coalition for Justice,” demonstrators passed out flyers implying that racist Starbucks employees were responsible for the death of Dontre Hamilton at the hands of police last April.
Protesters blame employees at the Starbucks location for calling the police to complain about a man sleeping in the park. Officer Christopher Manney arrived to investigate, and during a pat down, police say Hamilton punched Manney, took control of his baton and struck him on the side of the neck. Manney then shot Hamilton 14 times.
More than 70 protesters were arrested in December as they blocked Interstate 43 in Wisconsin at rush hour to protest. They also blocked the entrances to the Bradley Center, preventing spectators from entering to see the Milwaukee Bucks game.