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.

  • 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.
    Square Enix's Life Is Strange Spin-off Prequel Announced At E3 2017

    Square Enix's Life Is Strange Spin-off Prequel Announced At E3 2017

    The original Life is unusual was a graphic episodic adventure game developed by Square Enix , and was critically acclaimed. Given the trailer's tone and theme, we think they've nailed the same feel regardless.
    Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5

    Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5

    If the Stanley Cup Final were played exclusively in Pittsburgh , it may have been one of the most lopsided series of all time . Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances.
  • Israel did not comply with UN call to stop settlements

    In the absence of funding from the Palestinian Authority, money will need to come from the worldwide community or private donors. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "Providing electricity to the Gaza Strip is an internal Palestinian issue ".

    Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks

    Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which ruled 9-3 previous year that "the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech". Alito rejected arguments that the government has an interest in preventing speech that is offensive to certain groups.

    Tillerson warns against steps that cut off talks with Russia

    The measure also gives Congress 30 days to review or potentially block Trump in case he decides to lift or ease the sanctions. Ben Cardin , the top Democrat on foreign relations, expressed confidence Monday that Trump would sign off on it.
  • The high cost of displacement due to war, violence

    The high cost of displacement due to war, violence

    People internally displaced are defined as still living in their home country, but have nowhere to actually live. It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million, reports the BBC.

    Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

    Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability. Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said the prospect of a British agreement with the DUP was causing anxiety and fear.

    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.
  • May offers 5-mn-pound support package for London fire victims

    Britain has held a moment of silence for the 79 people who are believed to have died in the high-rise fire in West London . Cundy said efforts to trace missing people had led him to believe that the number could be higher.

    Faced with mounting criticism, British PM visits London fire victims

    Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard . At least 30 people were killed in the fire at Grenfell Tower in the west London neighbourhood of north Kensington.
    State does the responsible thing in fighting climate change

    State does the responsible thing in fighting climate change

    Fuel economy regulations for cars and trucks, clean energy tax incentives and research spending may also get reduced. It's no wonder President Obama neglected to submit this detrimental agreement to the United States Senate.