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News Wrap: Officer won’t be charged in Milwaukee shooting

In our news wrap Monday, a white police officer will not be charged in the shooting death of a black mentally ill man in Milwaukee. The victim’s family has asked the U.S. attorney to conduct a federal investigation. Also, a French firm will pay a record $772 million for violating U.S. laws against overseas bribery.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Milwaukee joined the list of cities today in the spotlight over fatal police shootings. That came with the news that a white policeman who shot a mentally ill black man to death in April won’t face criminal charges. Officer Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times. He said Hamilton fought with him and grabbed his baton. The district attorney ruled it a case of self-defense.

  • JOHN CHISHOLM, District Attorney, Milwaukee County:

    In reviewing this case, we came to the conclusion that, based on all the facts, all the circumstances present to a reasonable officer and officer Manney’s position at the time the circumstance occurred, that his use of force was privileged and was justified.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Officer Manney has since been fired. Hamilton’s family today asked for a federal investigation and also called for calm.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    President Obama announced his pick for the number two spot at the Justice Department today. Sally Yates is federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia. If she’s confirmed by the Senate, she will oversee day-to-day operations at Justice.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The French firm Alstom SA will pay a record $772 million for violating U.S. laws against overseas bribery. The power and transportation company pleaded guilty today in federal court in Connecticut, where one of its American affiliates is located. Federal officials say Alstom used bribes to win more than $4 billion in projects abroad.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Fierce clashes raged in Northern Iraq again today, as Kurdish Peshmerga forces battled Islamic State fighters for control of a key town. The clashes center around Sinjar. In recent days, the Kurds broke a months-long siege of the mountain that overlooks the town. The plight of thousands of people trapped on the mountain led to the initial U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State units last fall.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    India’s Parliament dissolved into chaos today over efforts by Hindu hard-liners to convert Christians and Muslims by force. Opposition lawmakers threw papers and swarmed the center of the Upper House of Parliament, halting its proceedings. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was — has not spoken on the forced conversion. He is himself a Hindu nationalist.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And in Tunisia, a veteran of previous regimes, 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, has won the North African nation’s first free presidential election. He ran as an anti-Islamist and claimed victory in Sunday’s runoff. Tunisia’s 2011 revolution inspired the Arab spring uprisings.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in the country, Wall Street posted its forth winning session in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 154 points to close at 17,959; the Nasdaq rose 16 points to close at 4,781; and the S&P 500 added nearly eight to finish at 2,078.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    “Rolling Stone” magazine asked today for an independent review of how it handled the story of an allege gang rape at the University of Virginia. The account, by Sabrina Erdely, was called into question when it came out she never contacted the accused attackers. “Rolling Stone” now says the Columbia Journalism School will examine its editorial process.

  • Correction:

    The map used to illustrate India in this video is incorrect and does not accurately identify the borders of India.

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