NEWS BRIEF Protesters in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood clashed Sunday with police for the second night in a row, setting buildings on fire, throwing rocks at officers, and firing shots at police.
The protests began Saturday, a few hours after officers shot and killed Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old black man, who was armed and running from police. The protests turned violent, and several business and cars were set ablaze. Police arrested 17 people who were charged with crimes ranging from disorderly conduct to burglary. Police wore full riot gear, and four officers were injured during the protests, most from rocks being thrown. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Sunday, and activated the state’s National Guard, though police said they did not need the extra help to suppress the 100 or so protesters who remained into early Monday morning.
At a news conference Sunday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn did not identify the officer who shot Smith, except that he was a 24, had been on the force for several years, and was black. Flynn said he’d watched body-camera footage of the shooting, which happened about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. That day police had stopped Smith and another man in a car for reasons not known.