Violence and protests erupted in Milwaukee overnight after a man was fatally shot by police during a foot chase.
Police said the victim, 23, was armed with a handgun and shot dead by an officer after fleeing a traffic stop on Milwaukee’s north side Saturday afternoon. Hours later angry crowds took to the streets, smashing a police car and setting fire to another. One officer was injured by a flying brick; a gas station and auto-parts store were set alight. Police said gunshots were heard.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett pleaded for calm at an early morning news conference, asking residents to “do everything” to help restore order.
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“If you love your son, if you love your daughter, text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get ’em home,” he said.
White people targeted by angry black mob
Several videos show white drivers being stopped in the middle of the street and the “protesters” attempting to pull them out of their vehicles. “They’re beating every white person!” one of the agitators shouted in the video. “They jumpin’ every white person.”
— Trent B (@Trentsickle) August 14, 2016
When the mob spotted a white driver, they attempted to block his car from passing.
Police said at least three people had been arrested as of early Sunday.
The initial crowd — estimated at around 100 people — had thinned early Sunday but there were still “a lot of people out,” Milwaukee Assistant Police Chief James Harpole told reporters. “It is still a very tense situation for us,” Harpole added.
The man who was killed has not been publicly identified.
Crowd breaks widows of unoccupied squad near Sherman and Auer. Other squad set afire and broken windows on another. pic.twitter.com/Jux2mJZYyQ
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) August 14, 2016
Milwaukee’s mayor said the man was struck twice — in the chest and the arm — and that he believes the officer involved had a body camera on at the time of the shooting. Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper it wasn’t clear if the gun was pointed at the officer.
“Those additional facts will come out in the coming days,” Jessup said.
Police said the man shot had a “lengthy arrest record” and was carrying a semiautomatic handgun reported stolen in a burglary in Waukesha in March.
The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not been released. The races of the officer and the man shot also have not been released.
Police said the officer — a 24-year-old man who has been with the police department for six years and has been an officer for three years — was placed on administrative duty following the incident.
Local officials echoed Barrett’s appeal for calm, with Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton asking for locals to help restore order. source