Milwaukee police, protesters clash following fatal shooting
Aug 15 2016
At least four businesses were burned down in the protests that stretched into Sunday morning, leading Gov. Scott Walker to activate National Guard troops in case violence persists.
During the foot chase, a 24-year-old officer (whose name has not been released) ordered the suspect to drop his gun. It happened when the man and another suspect were chased on foot after they fled a traffic stop. I join Milwaukee's leaders and citizens in calling for continued peace and prayer. In the standoff between the mostly -Black protesters and police, an officer's vehicle was also damaged.
Parkhar Singh, the owner of the burned BP gas station, has blamed outsiders for the violence that destroyed his business.
Singh said Sunday that the neighborhood is usually peaceful, and he believes the trouble was caused by outsiders.
She said he had a 2-year-old son. He isn't sure he'll rebuild.
Police violence against black men and women has sparked intermittent, sometimes violent protests in USA cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to Baltimore and NY over the last two years.
Almost 40 percent of Milwaukee's 600,000 residents are black, and they are heavily concentrated on the north side.
Bush leads the nearby Pentecostal Church of God in Christ.
A large, tense and often violent crowd threw rocks and set vehicles and buildings on fire Saturday night near the scene of a fatal police shooting earlier in the day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The unrest broke out hours after an officer shot a man who police say fled a traffic stop.
Police did not disclose the race of the suspect or the officer involved in the shooting, which occurred on Saturday afternoon in Sherman Park.
On the same day federal prosecutors announced they would not seek charges against the ex-officer who killed Hamilton, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn requested the U.S. Department of Justice review the Police Department.
The races of the man and officer haven't been released.
According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, word began to spread about the protests on social media - mostly among young people - and more demonstrators converged on the area.
Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper it wasn't clear if the gun was pointed at the officer.
At a news conference just after midnight, Mayor Tom Barrett said the situation appeared to be calming after a riotous scene in which as many as 100 protesters skirmished with police, torching a squad auto and tossing a brick through the window of another.
The state is investigating the police shooting that sparked the unrest in Milwaukee.
Mayor Tom Barrett says a still image pulled from the officer's body camera shows "without question" that Smith had a gun in his hand when he was shot.
Earlier in the evening, more than 100 people gathered near the scene at N. 44th St. and W. Auer Ave. and at times pushed against a line of 20 to 30 officers, some of whom were in riot gear.
"This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wis., has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country", he said.
The area where the violent protests took place is no stranger to violence.
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