Monday, August 15, 2016

One Person Shot in Second Night of Unrest in Milwaukee

At least one person was shot in Milwaukee late Sunday as protests over a fatal police shooting turned violent for a second night.

Milwaukee police reported several rounds of gunfire and said officers used armored vehicles to rescue one shooting victim, who was rushed to an area hospital late Sunday. The status of the victim was not known.

Protesters threw objects at police after authorities declared the gathering in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee an unlawful assembly and threatened arrests around 11 p.m. local time (12 a.m. ET).

Violence first erupted Saturday night after officers killed Sylville K. Smith, 23, after he fled a police traffic stop on foot. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Edward A. Flynn said body camera video that hasn't been released shows that there was a "credible threat" to the officer, who has been identified only as a 24-year-old African-American man. The state is investigating the shooting.

At some point during the brief chase, Smith turned toward the officer with the gun in his hand, Flynn said, citing the video. Smith had a "lengthy arrest record" and 23 rounds in his gun, authorities said.

The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation. He has also left town in light of threats against him and other police officers, Flynn said.

The National Guard had been activated earlier Sunday, but as of midnight Monday local time had not been called in to engage protesters, police said. Milwaukee police and partner agencies remained in charge of security in the area

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