Unrest in Milwaukee after officer-involved shooting leaves one dead

Unrest in Milwaukee after officer-involved shooting leaves one dead
Crowds of protesters gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after an officer fatally shot an allegedly armed man. The rally soon turned violent as protesters set cars and properties ablaze and clashed with police. Officials have confirmed that at least three people have been arrested.
  • 16 August 2016

    03:27 GMT

    The sister of the black man shot dead by a black Milwaukee police officer says the two knew each other.

    "The boy knew my brother personally from high school. They knew each other. You knew exactly how my brother was and you shot and killed him," Sylville Smith's sister, Sherelle, told WITI.

    The officer's name has yet to be released by the police department.

    Calling for peaceful demonstration, Sherelle, added, "I invite any color, any gender, any race, any age to come have fun with us. Come to our parades or come support our barbecues or our rallies or our stop the violence things, you know. It seems like we're so segregated. And it's for nothing. It's for nothing."

    The report came amid rumors that the two were not strangers.

  • 01:38 GMT

    Jenna Sachs of WITI reported multiple arrests in Sherman Park in the 8 o'clock hour Monday evening.

  • 00:33 GMT

    RT's Manila Chan was on-scene in Sherman Park right next to the gas station that was engulfed in flames in Saturday's riots. At the park, various prayer groups gathered, when seemingly out of nowhere a commotion broke out.

    A young man carrying a plastic bag "bolted" from the gas station to the other end of the park, where he was captured by police who were chasing him. No further details were available, but the peaceful demonstration was reminded of the volatile environment in the area since uprisings erupted over the weekend.

    #milwaukee trying to heal #prayer circles all around near BP Gas station that was burnt down. #RTAmerica

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  • 15 August 2016

    20:44 GMT

    A 10:00pm curfew will be enforced Monday evening, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett confirmed, according to Reuters. The public space time limit comes in reaction to riots over the weekend.

    "There is a curfew that will be more strictly enforced tonight for teenagers," Barrett said during a Monday press conference. "So parents, after 10 o'clock your teenagers better be home or in a place where they're off the streets."

    The mayor also reiterated his position in favor of releasing police body camera recordings, following the fatal shooting of Sylville K. Smith, a 23-year-old black man the police say refused to drop a stolen handgun Saturday night.

  • 13:30 GMT

    The African-American man shot and killed by the police on Saturday afternoon was identified as Sylville Smith, 23.

    At a press conference Sunday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he had seen a still from the officer's body camera footage that “demonstrates, without question, that [Smith] had a gun in his hand.”

    Though he has not been identified by name, the officer who shot Smith is also African-American, police said.

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