Forward this to all #BlackLivesMatter rioters and race haters. Tell them to go home and do something with their lives instead of incite violence.
Milwaukee’s mayor and police chief announced Monday that body cam video supports the shooting of Sylville Smith – which sparked riots across the city.
At least one person was shot as police clashed with protesters during a second night of riots after Smith, 23, was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday.
But Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A Flynn insists the footage makes it clear that the shooting was lawful.
He said that Smith was shot after he turned toward an officer and raised his gun.
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, speaking at a press conference on Monday, added that a still from the cop’s body camera shows ‘without question’ Smith had a gun in his hand.
Barrett said that Smith had ‘more firepower than the officer’, and his handgun was loaded with 23 rounds, which he refused to drop when ordered by police.
Flynn said that his officers had pulled over Smith after they noticed the driver was ‘behaving suspiciously’.
Police wore their body cameras as they approached the vehicle and within 20 to 25 seconds Smith, who had a lengthy rap sheet, was dead.
After watching the officer’s body camera footage, Flynn said Smith had run ‘a few dozen feet’ and turned toward the officer while holding a gun.
‘It was in his hand. He was raising up with it,’ the chief said.
He said the officer had told Smith to drop the gun and he did not do so.
It was unclear how many rounds the officer fired. Smith was hit in the chest and arm, Flynn said.
Flynn said his officer, who is black, feared for his life before shooting Smith, who was also black.
The officer involved has been on the force for three years, according to the department. He’s been placed on administrative duty.
The police chief said he was hopeful that the body cam footage would be released soon which he hoped would help calm the riots.
He believes the shooting was a flashpoint for underlying tensions, adding that people outside the neighborhood were using the incident for their own agendas.
Milwaukee saw a second night of rioting Sunday which resulted in an 18-year-old man being shot in the neck during unrest on the city’s north side. He is expected to survive his injuries.
Officers used an armored vehicle to retrieve the injured victim and take the person to a hospital.
A cop was also injured and taken to the hospital after a thrown rock broke the windshield of a squad car near Sherman Boulevard and Burleigh Avenue, the Milwaukee Police Department tweeted.
The National Guard had to be brought in to try and quell the unrest while today they imposed a 10pm curfew for teenagers.
The crowd of protesters marched through the neighborhood where Smith was killed by a 24-year-old officer Saturday afternoon.
Some two dozen officers in riot gear confronted the protesters who blocked an intersection near where Smith was fatally shot.
Police moved in to try to disperse the crowd and warned of arrests after protesters threw bottles and rocks at police.
Mayor Barrett has called for calm in the city as he pleaded with residents to ‘not do further damage to this great neighborhood’.
In a press conference on Monday, he said authorities will not tolerate further violence and vandalism.
‘We’re going to make sure there’s peace and order restored to this neighborhood,’ he told reporters.
‘The fact that you have some angry people that want to cause problems is something that we will not tolerate.’
Authorities had maintained a low key presence near businesses that were destroyed by fires on Saturday.
About a dozen officers guarded the BP gas station, while others stood in the shadows at a nearby park.
President Obama, who is on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard where he was seen playing golf yesterday, has not yet commented on the shooting or subsequent unrest.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a statement Sunday saying that his department would ‘work expeditiously to ensure a thorough and transparent gathering of the facts’.
Meanwhile, Smith’s father, Patrick Smith, said he blames himself for his son’s death.
‘When they see the wrong role model, this is what you get.
‘Being on the street, doing things of the street life: Entertaining, drug dealing and pimping and they’re looking at their dad like “he’s doing all these things”.
‘I got out of jail two months ago, but I’ve been going back and forth in jail and they see those things so I’d like to apologize to my kids because this is the role model they look up to.
‘Now somebody got killed reaching for his wallet, but now they can say he got a gun on him and they reached for it. And that’s justifiable,’ Patrick Smith told FOX 6.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Smith received the two charges following a shooting last year, but the details of that shooting were not immediately clear. The charges were later dismissed.
From jail Smith called his girlfriend and asked her to pressure a victim into recanting their previous statement, according to the Journal-Sentinel.
— DeeconX (@DeeconX) August 15, 2016