Sylville K. Smith, a 23-year-old thug was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer on Saturday sparking the predictable night riots and violent protests in the aftermath. The body cam evidence showed Smith with a loaded gun in his hand when he was shot by a cop who wanted to be able to go home to his family.
And his life matters.
The officer has not yet been named, but like the thug he shot, he is black, said Police Chief Edward Flynn.
"The individual did turn toward the officer with a firearm in his hand," said Flynn and added that Smith "was raising up with" the weapon. He reviewed the body camera footage before public release and explained that the entire incident lasted about 20 to 25 seconds. And while the cam captures the shooting, there's no sound of the critical moments because Milwaukee police body cams don't start the audio for 30 seconds once they're turned on.
Flynn said that in his estimation, the officer made "a credible decision," based on what he saw on the video.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett demanded a quick release of the body camera footage and had a still photo extracted from the tape. "That still photo demonstrates without question that [Smith] had a gun in his hand, and I want our community to know that," Barrett said, as if that makes a difference to BLM and the rioters.
Overnight, six businesses were set on fire, there were 18 arrests, including 4 for burglary, and during scuffles, first responders tended to a 16-year-old woman who was shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
In spite of the absence of police violence reports, four officers were injured--three struck by concrete and a female officer, one of those struck, sustained a concussion and had lacerations requiring stitches.
Seven police cars was damaged and a department BearCat was hit by 8 gunshots--two through the windshield indicating the shooter was targeting cops.
Chief Flynn said the city's ShotSpotter system recorded 48 shots fired in all and early Sunday, the National Guard was called in by Governor Scott Walker to assist the police. They will not be deployed but will remain active unless needed locally.
Smith had a "lengthy arrest record" and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that he had been charged with recklessly endangering safety and witness intimidation stemming from a February 2015 shooting. The charges were later dropped for unknown reasons, but the prosecutors said they recorded Smith asking his girlfriend to pressure a witness to the shooting to recant their story.
|The anger is palpable|
The big questions remain: will President Obama attend Smith's funeral and if he had a son, would he look like Smith?
If black lives really mattered to Black Lives Matter, they'd be going after the black gangbangers in Detroit and Chicago for starters, who are killing black folks.