One person shot, officer injured in second night of protests
Police in Milwaukee say one person was shot and injured in riots late Sunday night. Police do not know the status of that victim. At least one officer was also injured and taken to a hospital after a cruiser was hit with flying debris. The second round of riots that started Sunday night ended around 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.
This all started Saturday night after officers shot and killed a black man named Sylville Smith. He was a 23-year-old man who police say ran from police during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn looked at body camera video and said there was a "credible threat" to the officer who shot Smith. Chief Flynn said Smith turned toward the officer with a gun in his hand.
There is no information about the officer involved in that shooting except that the officer was a 24-year-old African American man. That officer is now on administrative duty pending an investigation. He also left town in light of threats against him and other officers.
The National Guard has been activated but not called in to engage protesters as of Sunday night. Wisconsin’s governor says the state’s National Guard won’t be deployed in Milwaukee unless the city’s police chief decides to do so.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he would like to see the police body cam video of the shooting released soon, as long as making it public would not impede an ongoing investigation. Walker told WISN TV Sunday that transparency could help calm the situation. He says it is important for the public to know that an independent investigation is being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Fellow Republican 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."