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Milwaukee police officer acquitted in shooting of black man

Milwaukee police officer acquitted in shooting of black man

Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty during a hearing today over his part in the shooting death of Sylville Smith, 23, who failed to drop his gun during the chase in Milwaukee on August 13 previous year.

A graphic video from Heaggan-Brown's partner's body camera shows the quick and horrific resolution of the chase: The two police officers chased Smith to the area between two houses, where Smith encountered a fence. The second one ultimately killed Smith. Several nights of violence in the Sherman Park neighborhood included vandalism and arson that caused millions of dollars in damage. Yesterday (June 21), a jury acquitted the officer-who was sacked following an internal investigation into his alleged off-duty sexual assault-of first-degree reckless homicide.

"Hollow-point bullets are created to inflict damage on the people they hit and, though outlawed by the Geneva conventions, are used by the Milwaukee Police Department", the lawsuit states.

"He knew that Sylville Smith was attempting to surrender". "Why are they trained to kill when they supposed to protect and serve us?" he said.

The prosecutor argued that Smith was defenseless at the time of the second fatal shot as he had thrown the gun over the fence. Prosecutors argued that shot was justified. "I really don't want them to act irrationally toward the cops, because all cops ain't bad", he said.

While the officer and the victim in this case were both African American, it was one in a series of fatal shootings of black people across the United States.

The shots, 1.7 seconds apart, ended the brief foot chase that lasted 12 seconds.

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The ruling follows Friday's acquittal of Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile, whose dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook.

You can then hear Heaggan-Brown calmly explain what happened. We can't impute god-like perception to police officers, and the split-second reasonable decision to fire on an armed suspect isn't something that has to be reconsidered with every pull of the trigger.

"He looked like a known dude that fled from us plenty of times before", Heaggan-Brown said.

During the trial, Heaggan-Brown's lawyer told the jury that the "first shot was a justifiable shot and that justification did not change in 1.69 seconds", The Associated Press reported.

The Milwaukee Police Department fired Heaggan-Brown from the force two months following the shooting, after he was charged with sexual assault, in an unrelated case.

Despite visible public anger and attention from the news media toward police shootings in recent years, criminal prosecutions of the officers involved remain rare, and convictions even more so.


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