Police in riot gear faced off overnight with protesters throwing bottles and bricks in Milwaukee, and an officer and another person were injured during the second night of violent demonstrations since an officer shot a black man to death.
The trouble on Sunday night flared after initially peaceful vigils by small groups of demonstrators in the city’s Sherman Park neighborhood, where Sylville K. Smith, 23, was killed by a black officer after fleeing a traffic stop on Saturday.
Authorities have said Smith was carrying a stolen handgun which he refused to drop when he was killed. Footage from the officer’s body camera has not been made public.
Officers wearing helmets and body armor moved to disperse the crowds after shots rang out on Sunday night. One shooting victim was taken to a hospital, police said, but it was not immediately clear if the injured person was a protester.
One police officer was hospitalized after a rock smashed a patrol car windshield, the department said. Another squad car was damaged, and officers made multiple arrests.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had activated the National Guard on Sunday in case more trouble flared over Smith’s death, the latest demonstrations over the use of force by U.S. police against minorities. But despite the violence, police said the guardsmen were not called in.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has said any decision to deploy the troops, which are under the dual control of the federal and state governments, would come from the police chief.
(Additional reporting by Chris Michaud and Laila Kearney and Daniel Wallis in New York and Julia Harte in Washington; Writing by Chris Michaud; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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