MILWAUKEE — All eyes are on Milwaukee after violent riots, gunfire and protests erupted just hours after a black police officer shot and killed a 23-year-old black man Saturday night. The chaos continued early Monday morning.
“This is my brother, my protector, somebody who is suppose to be there for me,” said Sherelle Smith, the deceased man’s sister. “I can’t get him back. Never! Never! That’s pain!”
Police say Sylville Smith and another person ran from the cops who pulled them over at a traffic stop. Smith had a handgun and refused to drop it, and that’s when a cop took aim.
Authorities say police body camera footage exists, but it has not yet been released to the public.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn said, “I don’t think there’s anybody in the country that’s released a body worn camera of an officer-involved shooting in 24 hours or 36 hours.”
It was a shot heard around the city, and fury swept through Milwaukee.
Demonstrators torched at least six businesses, including a gas station. They set cars on fire and hurled rocks at police, appearing to throw whatever they could get their hands on. Squad cars were pelted with bricks, rocks and bottles.
Four officers were injured, and 17 people were arrested.
One shooting victim was rushed to a hospital in an armored car.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency.
“We keep focusing on the police,” said Sheriff David Clarke. “And I’ve said publicly before; stop trying to fix the police, fix the ghetto.”
The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave, and tension between police and citizens continues to grow.