Former MPD officer found not guilty in shooting Sylville Smith

Officer Heaggan-Brown and another officer were working in a residential neighborhood in Milwaukee when they approached Mr. Smith, who they suspected was involved in a drug deal.

Sherelle Smith spoke shortly after a 15-person jury found former officer Dominique Heaggan-B´╗┐rown not guilty Wednesday of first-degree reckless homicide in the on-duty fatal shooting of Sylville Smith past year.

A former Wisconsin police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the fatal shooting of an African-American man, a killing that had ignited two nights of unrest in Milwaukee.

The fatal encounter transpired over 12 seconds from the time Heaggan-Brown got out of his auto to begin chasing Smith to when the fatal shot was sacked.

The death sparked riots on Milwaukee's north side, as The Two Way reported. As he threw his gun over a chain-link fence, intending to climb up after it, Heaggan-Brown fired his own gun and hit Smith in the arm. "And our argument is that justification did not change over the course of 1.69 seconds between shots", defense attorney Jonathan Smith said. "It's a decision the community had to make", Chisholm said.

The Milwaukee Police Department fired Heaggan-Brown a couple months after the shooting, after he was charged with an unrelated sexual assault.

The two engaged in a foot chase after Smith fled from a traffic stop on August 13.


Jurors relied on video from two body cameras: one worn by Officer Heaggan-Brown and another by the second officer on the scene, Ndiva Malafa.

The family's attorney, David Owen, said he has filed a lawsuit against Heaggan-Brown and the city of Milwaukee.

The trial hinged on whether Dominique Heaggan-Brown acted in self-defense when he killed Sylville Smith or if the former officer is guilty of first-degree reckless homicide or two lesser charges.

Heaggan-Brown's attorneys took less than a day before resting their case.

"While Smith raises his gun upward, P.O. Heaggan-Brown discharges one shot from his service weapon at Smith and Smith falls to the ground on his back". Smith, who was armed with a handgun, ran from the officers until he reached a fence. Heaggan-Brown fired the first shot nearly simultaneously with Smith throwing away his gun when he got up.

While activist groups such as Black Lives Matter have drawn attention to police shootings in recent years, acquittals of police officers have become all but expected in these sorts of incidents.

Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn says the jury that cleared an officer Wednesday in the shooting death of a black man saw the same thing he did in officers' body-camera video of the shooting.


Popular
  • Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

    Trump responded to the Post story Thursday morning with a tweet once again denouncing the investigation as a witch-hunt. Feinstein also is a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, which is conducting its own Russian Federation probe.
    Xbox One S Price Lower By $50 Before Scorpio's E3 2017 Launch

    Xbox One S Price Lower By $50 Before Scorpio's E3 2017 Launch

    Furthermore, Sony will hope to make its enormous sprinkle that night at 9 p.m., getting the last word on most of its prospective products.
    Tigers drop opener to Red Sox 5-3

    Tigers drop opener to Red Sox 5-3

    Nicholas Castellanos hit an RBI double to drive in Jose Iglesias , who'd reached on an infield single with one out. Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day DL with a sprained left wrist.
  • Japan adds more North Koreans to blacklist over weapons program

    Japan adds more North Koreans to blacklist over weapons program

    Experts have consistently warned, however, that North Korea is slowly but surely working toward developing an ICBM . The trial was the first meant to replicate the flight profile of an ICBM that could be deployed by North Korea .

    Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

    Naturally, Green argued when he got the technical in the third quarter, but he was well aware that it was only his first. Don't seem to be the sharpest people around".
    Jennifer Lawrence fine after private plane forced to make emergency landing

    Jennifer Lawrence fine after private plane forced to make emergency landing

    The FAA, which traditionally does not release the names of those on board flights, released a statement Sunday about the incident. According to US Weekly , the plane was forced to make an emergency landing after experiencing engine failure on June 10.
  • Trump 'ready to testify' over Comey conversations

    Trump 'ready to testify' over Comey conversations

    Trump also saluted the United States' relationship with Romania and praised its contribution to the global fight against terror. Legal experts and pundits say that, along with the firing of Comey itself, could amount to obstruction of justice.

    Qatar pulls all its troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the move was rooted in longstanding differences and urged the parties to resolve them.

    Pentagon: 3 US soldiers killed, 1 wounded in Afghanistan

    The U.S. has 8,400 troops deployed in Afghanistan to train and advise Afghan forces; most rarely participate in direct combat. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the Helmand governor, put the toll at three policemen killed and two wounded.
  • Name NDA's candidate first: Uddhav to Shah

    Reportedly, Shiv Sena President Thackeray has stuck to his party's aggressive stance on the issue of the Presidential polls. One was of (RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwat . "The burden of loan waiver will be on the Government and not banks", he had said.
    Seahawks' RB Eddie Lacy hits second weight clause marker

    Seahawks' RB Eddie Lacy hits second weight clause marker

    The deal was, if Lacy could lose enough weight to measure below 250 pounds by this morning, he would get a $55k bonus check. If Lacy is able to continue to be in shape and underweight, he'll be a huge asset for the Seahawks this season.

    Oil rebounds after API report, but analysts have little faith in gains

    Gasoline stockpiles booked a drop of 2.9 million barrels last week, compared with a fall of 800,000 barrels in the previous week. In fact, Saudi Arabia's oil minister said that he sees global supply reaching the five-year average by the end of the year.

CONNECT