Ex-Milwaukee Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting

Ex-Milwaukee Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting

The Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith last summer has been acquitted of criminal charges.

Heaggan-Brown was justified when he shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith after a brief foot chase following a traffic stop. While the defense argued that Heaggan-Brown had to make a quick decision in the heat of the moment.

While a jury found Heaggan-Brown not guilty of homicide, he's still facing charges for sexual assault and prostitution - and two federal civil rights lawsuits. The man states that the incident occurred the morning after a heavy night of drinking at a bar where they "watched television as coverage of the Sherman Park protests aired".

Patrick Haynes reacted outside the courthouse in Milwaukee where Dominique Heaggan-Brown had just been found not guilty in Smith's death.

Similar rulings were issued by grand juries in the deaths of Eric Garner on Staten Island, Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, all of them controversial cases that prompted a national debate about race relations and the use of force by law enforcement.

"The department knew about it, but they don't care because they defend officers with impunity and that is what allows them to kill and shoot first and ask questions later".

Smith's family claims that after the fatal shot was sacked, Heaggan-Brown was stung by a bee and his first call for medical help was for himself, not Smith, who "was lying on the ground, suffering huge pain".

Heaggan-Brown had partially holstered his weapon but grabbed it again and shot Smith in the bicep with a hollow-point bullet.

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The jury is made up of nine women and three men. According to a report by HuffPost past year, only 13 officers were convicted of murder or manslaughter in fatal on-duty shootings from 2005 to 2015. "We're not animals. Every time they take a shot, it's to kill you because a dead man can't talk, so they can't explain what really happened".

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee jury needed less than two days of deliberations to acquit a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man a year ago that sparked two nights of violence on the city's north side.

The complaint states that the deadly encounter started when Heaggan-Brown and the other officer saw a man leaning in through the passenger window of a vehicle with out-of-state license plates, talking to another man.

Heagann-Brown was neither fired nor suspended after killing Smith.

Malafa's body camera footage was played several times in court, according to WTMJ. "It was only one person that took my son's life and that's Heaggan-Brown".

There's this sense of unease that the community has when they see these officer-involved deaths.

Jurors reached their verdict on the second day of deliberations, according to the Associated Press, which also reported that some of Smith's relatives shouted and cursed at the jury's decision.