Ken Hamilton didn't have much. No home. No job. But the 45-year-old was the proud owner of a Jeep outfitted with a police siren and flashing lights.
So, when the real
police got a road-rage complaint March 20 that a driver in such a vehicle was intimidating other motorists with a cop siren, they knew just where to go. They headed over to where Hamilton was staying -- in the suburban St. Louis home belonging to his brother.
The police visit ended minutes later with Hamilton suffering a massive head injury that would claim his life five days later.
As the Post-Dispatch details this morning
, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch
has charged Overland cop Andrew Ringeisen
with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in Hamilton's death.
Neighbors described Hamilton as a "police wannabe", but apparently his admiration for cops wasn't mutual. According to McCulloch, Ringeisen and other officers got into an argument with Hamilton while confronting him over the road-rage incident. It was then that Ringeisen allegedly pushed Hamilton down three steps outside his brother's home.
Hamilton fell and hit his head. The cops left him there, and five days later Hamilton died in a hospital when he was taken off life support.