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Re: Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

Post by Feydakin » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:31 pm ... imidation/

The Milwaukee Police Department has reported that the armed man whose death sparked rioting over the weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had a long police record and was even the subject of a case of witness intimidation.

The man who allegedly ran from police after a traffic stop and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun has been identified as Milwaukee resident Sylville K. Smith, 23.

Milwaukee mayor, Democrat Tom Barrett said during a Sunday press conference that Smith “without question” had a gun in his hand when police confronted him on Saturday afternoon. In fact, Barrett insisted Smith had “more firepower than the officer,” according to the Daily Mail.

Indeed Smith has a record of handling firearms. At least one social media image of Smith shows him pointing a handgun with an extended magazine at the camera while another shows him holding a rifle. And last year the suspect was brought in on charges in connection with a shooting, but the charges were dismissed.

During the Sunday presser, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn said the incident lasted only seconds. He assured residents that the officers were in fear of their lives during the incident as the armed man refused to obey orders to drop his gun.

Chief Flynn said the body cam footage from the incident would be released at a later date after “due process.”

Smith also has a list of other charges mostly non-violent misdemeanors. Charges include speeding, retail theft and possession of drugs, the New York Daily News reported.

Mildred Haynes, Smith’s mother, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Smith had a concealed carry permit because he was recently robbed.

As to the dropped charges, the Journal Sentinel reported they were part of a witness intimidation investigation. Smith had been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety with witness intimidation.

The paper notes that prosecutors dropped the charges even though they had jail house recordings of Smith and his girlfriend discussing a plan to force a witness to say what they wanted said.

Indeed, even as the charges were dropped, the witness in question did recant his testimony in a case against Smith.

The police-involved shooting sparked two nights of rioting that ended with the destruction of several cars and businesses on the city’s North side.

Saturday and was a night of intimidation of bystanders, as well. Rioters were heard yelling “black power” as a gas station burned. They were also heard yelling to each other to attack white people who happened to be in the area.

Re: Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

Post by Feydakin » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:30 pm ... -shooting/

Bodycam Shows Black Milwaukee Officer Shot Suspect, Sylville Smith, Who Was Raising Gun.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – An officer-involved shooting on Saturday afternoon prompted a massive riot in Milwaukee. Word about the shooting quickly spread on social media about a white officer who shot a black man in the back while running away. It is no surprise that the information that was spread by agitators on social media was entirely false.

The officer involved in the shooting was a black police officer, and he had his body camera on at the time of the shooting. The suspect, Sylville Smith, 23, was indeed black, but he wasn’t shot while just running away.

After reviewing the shooting footage, Milwaukee Chief Edward Flynn said, “The individual did turn toward the officer with a firearm in his hand.” Chief Flynn added that Smith was “raising up with” the gun at the time that he was shot by the officer.

The initial stop occurred at around 3:30 PM on Saturday when Milwaukee police officers conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle. After the car stopped, at least two of the vehicle’s occupants, including Smith, fled on foot.

An unidentified 24-year-old black male officer chased after Smith. During the chase, Smith pulled out a stolen pistol that was fully loaded with stolen ammunition, and Smith raised the pistol to the officer. The officer ordered Smith to drop the gun and shot when he did not comply.

There is no audio on the body camera footage because there is a 30 second audio delay on the body camera.

The shooting prompted Black Lives Matter “activists” to start rioting.

During the riots, multiple buildings were set on fire, shots were fired at police and firefighters, bricks were thrown at officers and patrol cars, at least two patrol cars were set on fire, and an officer was hit over the head with a brick. A gas station was set on fire during the riot, and firefighters were unable to respond due to shots being fired at first responders.

Three police officers were hospitalized after being attacked during the riots. One officer was a female officer who sustained a concussion and needed to get stitches after she was struck in the head with a brick.

The city’s ShotSpotter system reported 48 instances of gunfire during the riots.

Sylville Smith had a long criminal history which included reckless endangerment stemming from a shooting and witness intimidation in 2015. Those charges against Smith were later dismissed, despite the prosecutors having recorded audio where Smith told his girlfriend to pressure a witness of the shooting to recant. The failure to prosecute Smith left him on the street to victimize more people.

The information about the body camera footage and the officer’s race will unlikely have any impact Black Lives Matter rioters. Historically, Black Lives Matter doubles-down when they are wrong, rather than backing off. However, we trust that our heroes in blue will hold the line against these rioters and they won’t again be allowed to gain a foothold again tonight.

Re: Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

Post by Feydakin » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:17 pm

Re: Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

Post by Feydakin » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:03 pm

Most of these big news officer involved shootings that people have been protesting, Fergeson, etc, have taken place in the northern half of the US... don't think this is a regional issue so much. Although people in the South seem to tend to be more openly racist.

There was more rioting last might in Milwaukee. One man shot, and an officer injured. The National Guard was called in as the governor declared a state of emergency.

Re: Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

Post by Skywalker » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:39 pm

Damn, I read something about this on Facebook. The information was coming from a right-wing cop, who had some not so nice things to say about the black folks who was rioting. I still wonder why he is still a cop.. then I remember, I live in the South.. and he is just keeping the racism alive.

I find it interesting that this is happening in a northern city, most of the stories tend to come out of the deep south. I wonder if we are going to go back to a time where riots are a common occurrence.

Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

Post by Feydakin » Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:15 pm

Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting ... 04AMVODtop


Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN)A deadly shooting of an armed man by Milwaukee police has stirred anger, fear and disbelief as authorities restore calm in the city after a night of violent protest.

Protesters burned several stores and threw rocks at police Saturday night on the city's north side, leaving one officer injured and three protesters arrested. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said protesters had been using social media to draw more demonstrators.

Local officials planned to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.

"I never thought I would see my own city in a state of unrest and a potential riot," a resident told CNN affiliate WDJT.

It all started Saturday afternoon, when a pair of police officers stopped two people driving through the north-side neighborhood, police said. That led to a foot chase between the people in the car and police, which ended when an officer shot one of the two -- a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, authorities said.

The police officer "ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Barrett said during a news conference later in the day. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."

The man died at the scene. It was unclear Sunday morning whether the second occupant of the car was in police custody. The officer who fired the fatal shots was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during an investigation.
The officer who fired the deadly shots is 24 years old and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three as an officer. Police provided no further details on the identities of the officer or the occupants of the car.
The officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, Barrett said.

"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said. The shooting occurred near the same place where a double homicide happened on August 9. In that incident a man was shot dead and another was fatally stabbed, police said.

City Alderman Khalif Rainey said the area has been a "powder keg" for potential violence throughout the summer.

"What happened tonight may not have been right and I am not justifying that but no one can deny the fact that there are problems, racial problems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that need to be rectified," Rainey said. "This community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African Americans in the entire country."

Rainey said Saturday's violence was a byproduct of inequities, injustice, unemployment and under-education.

"Something has to be done to address these issues," he said. "The black people of Milwaukee are tired, they are tired of living under this oppression, this is their life."

Go home, mayor pleads

As the chaos escalated Saturday, the mayor pleaded with protesters to end their demonstrations.

"If you love your son, if you love your daughter, text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.

"I know this neighborhood very, very well. And there are a lot of really really good people who live in this area -- in the Sherman Park area, who can't stand this violence."

At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted they were restoring order and "reducing deployments."

Police: Suspect had stolen gun

The unidentified suspect was shot twice, in the arm and chest, the mayor said. The handgun he carried had been stolen during a burglary in nearby Waukesha in March, according to police.

"The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun," police said.

Any evidence from the body camera video will likely become a key part of the investigation, said CNN law enforcement analyst Cedric Alexander.

"We're going to see over the next number of hours and the next number of days what information [investigators] feel comfortable releasing to the public, Alexander said. "It think it's going to be essentially important to get out as much of that video, as long as it doesn't jeopardize the integrity of the investigation."

By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will lead the investigation.