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Jurors Acquit Ex Cop Who Fatally Shot Sylville Smith

A court in the U.S. city of Milwaukee in Wisconsin state has acquitted a former police officer in the fatal shooting of an African-American man, with the father of the victim saying there is no justice in the United States. Former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown appears in Milwaukee County Court on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Milwaukee.”People have a right to gather to have their voices heard”, Barrett said. “My strong request is that this is done in a peaceful manner”. He says nothing good can come out of violent protest.Smith’s shooting was among a string of killings of blacks by police in recent years that have increased debate about race and policing.The sole defense witness was an expert in police training and use of force, who told jurors Heaggan-Brown acted in accordance with his training, to always assume a subject with a weapon has another one, what the expert called the “plus one rule”.Outside the courthouse Wednesday, Smith’s father, Patrick, said the verdict was “disrespectful”. “I think we must be mindful that a young man lost his life”.The shooting sparked riots that lasted days in Milwaukee in August of 2016. He then fired again into Smith’s chest, hitting his lung and heart.The prosecution argued that Smith was defenseless and “looked like a child” at the moment when he was killed.Chisholm said the case was the rare one that he felt “very strongly” he could charge and prove, aided greatly by video from body cameras worn by Heaggan-Brown and his partner. Nine women and three men sat on the jury, and four of them were African Americans.”He knew that Sylville Smith was attempting to surrender”. He believes the second shot was unreasonable.The former officer still faces charges in an unrelated sexual assault investigation. Heaggan-Brown shot a fleeing Smith last August, setting off two nights of violence on the city’s north side. “It’s a decision the community had to make”, Chisholm said.Data shows 82 officers nationwide have been charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty fatal shootings since 2005, said Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. When the man, Smith, saw the police he took off running with both officers in pursuit. We can’t impute god-like perception to police officers, and the split-second reasonable decision to fire on an armed suspect isn’t something that has to be reconsidered with every pull of the trigger.Heagann-Brown was neither fired nor suspended after killing Smith. Heagan-Brown, who is also black, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide. They were escorted out by a group of sheriff’s deputies. One man was held back by the family as he screamed obscenities at a deputy.Summary: Former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty by a jury in the shooting death of Sylville Smith. Smith was on the ground when he received the fatal shot.Jurors reached their decision on the second day of deliberations in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. The verdict was to be read Wednesday afternoon.Willis, who wrote the use of force manual used by Milwaukee police officers, told the jury that Heaggan-Brown justifiably responded to a “deadly threat”, WISN reported.The encounter started as a traffic stop and turned into a foot chase.When the video is slowed frame-by-frame, Smith is seen holding the gun by the barrel to throw it over the fence. Judge Jeffrey Conen informed the jury that they could consider lesser charges of but he was cleared of all counts.