Violent Protest Erupts In Milwaukie For A Man Who Was Shot at A Traffic Light By A Milwaukee Police Officer
|Violent Protest Erupts In Milwaukie For A Man Who Was |
Shot at A Traffic Light By A Milwaukee Police Officer
In the predominantly Black neighborhood, protesters clashed with police, some even burning businesses and vehicles. Police said the uprising resulted in several arrests and one police officer being sent to the hospital after a rock was thrown into a squad car.
The tension was ignited after 23-year-old Sylville Smith was fatally shot twice--in his chest and arm--by an unindentified 24-year-old officer after a traffic stop.
Police said the man was armed, but it's not clear whether or not he pointed his gun or aimed at officers.
|Milwaukee Protest Damage|
Sherelle Smith, sister of the armed black man, spoke to the press Sunday following hours of violent rioting prompted by Sylville Smith’s death.
Addressing multiple news outlets near a park not far from the BP gas station that protesters set ablaze Saturday night, Smith’s sisters spoke passionately about the about the grief and rage felt by the community.
“I lost my brother. I can’t get him back. Never. Never. That’s pain. I can’t look him in the eye no more,” Sherelle said of 23-year-old Sylville, according to WITI-TV.
Kimberly Neal, Smith’s other sister, made a plea for peace.
|Family members of Sylville Smith |
and others gather where he was shot and killed by Milwaukee Police
The events prompted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to declare a state of emergency, however, the National Guard was not deployed as local police tried to restore peace.
Smith and another person were stopped in a car Saturday afternoon.
The men reportedly fled the car, causing a foot chase with police before Smith was shot. The shooting was caught on a police body camera, however, footage has not yet been released.
Although this unrest appears to be the result of Smith’s death, many experts believe violent protests of this scale were years in the making.
In 2013, the city of Milwaukee was the country’s most segregated metropolitan area and many Black residents have felt extremely oppressed and disenfranchised over the years.
City Alderman Khalif Rainey said, "This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country.
Now this is a warning cry. Where do we go from here? Where do we go as a community from here?”