Violence In Milwaukee After Police Kill Armed Suspect

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Disorder hit Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood for the second night Sunday, with protesters throwing rocks, bricks and glass bottles at police, shots ringing out and a shooting victim rescued by officers and whisked to a hospital in an armored vehicle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The disturbances occurred as the city coped with the aftermath of Saturday night’s violence after a police shooting of an armed suspect. By 1:30 a.m. today, a group of police boarded two buses and pulled back from the area as tensions subsided.

With neighbors sweeping debris from scorched businesses, and political and religious leaders urging calm, Milwaukee began to come to terms with the night of fire and violence after the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old armed suspect by a 24-year-old police officer. Police Chief Edward Flynn confirmed that the officer is African American, as was the suspect, Sylville Smith. “We are concerned for his safety,” Flynn said of the officer, who was not identified. “He has been staying with relatives out of town.” The chief said, “There was virtually no time between the officer unhooking his seat belt, turning on his body camera, getting out of the car and immediately he was in a foot chase. That foot chase went maybe a few dozen feet before he encountered this individual in a fenced yard,” Flynn said, dding that the suspect “did turn toward the officer with the firearm in his hand.”

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