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Milwaukee’s mayor, police chief blame outsiders for unrest


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City leaders blamed outside agitators Monday after a second straight night of violence wracked Milwaukee’s mostly black north side in protest at the fatal shooting of a black man by police. It was unclear how many rounds the officer fired.

The incident began when a pair of police officers stopped Smith and another person in a auto on Saturday about 3:30 p.m., police said.

In Louisiana, where 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot in July during a struggle with two white police officers, protests largely dissipated after three law enforcement officers were killed in a shooting spree that officials said appeared to target police. The men fled the vehicle and the officers followed, shooting Smith in the arm and chest when he failed to put his gun down, Barrett said. Wisconsin’s governor put the National Guard on standby to protect against further violence.

“This is not the place where you go to gawk, this is not the place where you go to take pictures”, Mayor Tom Barrett said at a news conference.

The Milwaukee officer who shot Mr Smith was now staying with relatives out of town for fear of his safety, Mr Flynn said.

Smith died at the scene, and the African-American officer who fired the fatal shots was not injured.

Such inequality has afflicted many US cities as a result of the loss of manufacturing jobs over the past three decades, sometimes stoking unrest when police use deadly force.

Police say they are making multiple arrests in Milwaukee after a second night of unrest over the police killing of a black man.

While hundreds of people flocked to the streets over the weekend to protest, social media users have been crowdsourcing what they believe is the untold narrative and the unconfirmed identity of the police officer who shot Smith.

But late Sunday, violence erupted after hours of peaceful protests. Flynn said an extra 150 officers were on duty Sunday.

– Mayor Barrett on efforts by pastors, community ” That has had a powerful impact and I am specifically asking the pastors and the community groups to continue to be involved in this effort. But he also called for understanding for Smith’s family. “And no matter what the circumstances are, his family has to be hurting”.

Officers came under fire Sunday but did not return fire, Flynn said.

After the shooting, violence erupted on the city’s predominantly black north side, an area with a history of violence and distrust between police and the community.

On Flynn’s suggestion that members of his party were responsible for any violence, Dix said: “If anybody wants to allege that our people were actually committing those acts, they should bring that to us”. “But better us the focal point than innocent community members or stores being set on fire”. Online court records showed a range of charges against Smith, many of them misdemeanors.

As we reported, the protests immediately after the shooting were destructive and volatile.

The confrontations continued overnight and resumed on Sunday night.

The police shooting of another young black man, this time in Milwaukee, has proved “a spark to a powder keg” that is the city’s decades-long segregation, toxic racial climate, gross economic inequity, police abuses, and political leadership that not only ignored but often exacerbated those tensions.

Almost 40 percent of Milwaukee’s 600,000 residents are black, and they are heavily concentrated on the north side.

In December, the U.S. Justice Department announced it would work with Milwaukee police on changes. The sporadic gunfire made it too risky for firefighters to do their jobs amid one of the most intense scenes of rioting over police violence since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died at the hands of Baltimore cops in April 2015.