Milwaukee Violence and mayhem ignited August 13 2016 after an armed assailant was killed by police!
In a statement, Milwaukee Police said of the fatal shooting, “A Milwaukee Police officer shot and killed an armed suspect fleeing from a car on Milwaukee’s North Side. The incident began when two uniformed MPD officers stopped two suspects in a car in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on August 13. Shortly after stopping the suspects, both occupants fled from the car on foot. The officers pursued the suspects, and during the foot pursuit one officer shot one suspect, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, in a yard also in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street. The suspect died from his injuries at the scene.”
At a press conference late Saturday night, mayor Tom Barrett elaborated on the foot chase, saying that the officer involved in the shooting was chasing the suspect when he was ordered to drop his weapon. When the suspect did not comply with orders, the officer fired several times hitting the suspect with 2 bullets, the suspect was hit in the chest and in the arm.
Milwaukee Police described the deceased suspect as a 23-year-old Milwaukee man “with a lengthy arrest record.”
The officer, who was not injured, is a 24-year-old male with six years of service with the MPD, three years as an officer, MPD said.
Mayor Barrett said the officer was wearing a body camera which was operating at the time of the shooting.
Police earlier said that the handgun the suspect was armed with was taken in a burglary in Waukesha, Wisconsin, last March. The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun. Mayor Barrett said the gun that was recovered had 23 rounds in it.
Earlier in the day, police said in a statement that the officer “will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and later review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.”
At the late night press conference, a couple of city councilors spoke about “racial problems” and “injustices” that African-American residents face. One of the officials claimed local officials have neglected the area of the city where the shooting took place, turning a blind eye to murders and shootings.
Mayor Barrett says he plans to spend Saturday meeting with church and community leaders, adding that the police presence will continue to be very strong.
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.
“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.
Police said at least three people had been arrested as of early Sunday.
“It is still a very tense situation for us,” Harpole added.
Local officials echoed Barrett’s appeal for calm, with Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton asking for locals to help restore order.
“We understand the frustration people feel with the police community nationally. … We have to go through the process of finding justice, but we have to be able to restore order to these neighborhoods,” Hamilton said.
Aerial video shot by NBC station WTMJ showed a building at a gas station burning to the ground. A second fire broke out at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store less than a little less than mile away from the shooting. Milwaukee violence continued.
WTMJ said it pulled its reporters from the scene due to threats of physical violence from some in the crowd. The Journal-Sentinel reported that one of its journalists was thrown to the ground and punched.
An overturned bus shelter lies on the ground after dozens of people protested!
As the gas station burned, the founder of a local non-profit called “The Spread Love Initiative,” Terrell Johnnies, went out to try to talk to people on the street and urge non-violence.
“I do not want my city to turn into a war zone,” Johnnies told NBC News. “I was thinking hopefully they can see me and recognize me and stop the violence.”
But after gunfire was heard, Johnnies said it was too dangerous to stay. “Once there were gun shots, that’s when I decided I mostly definitely had to remove myself … There was only one of me.”
Protesters filled the streets in the neighborhood where the shooting happened last night, and were met by officers in riot gear. According to police, between 200 and 800 people filled the streets. Three people were arrested, police said late Saturday night.
According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, things got “out of hand” as people started to use Facebook to get the word out to congregate near the scene of the crime.
Then, the scene quickly became violent and chaotic: Protesters set four businesses and several police cars on fire, hurled bricks through police car windows, threw rocks at police and vandalized bus shelters and street lights. Some social media users posted videos of what appeared to be individuals looting a small grocery store.
An officer was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a brick that came crashing through his squad car’s window.
Gas station at Sherman and Burleigh set on fire. MFD cannot extinguish fire as gunshots are being fired.
A BP gas station was also set on fire, but police said the blaze could not initially be extinguished due to gunshots being fired by protesters. Three people were inside the gas station, but they safely escaped, police said.
Blazes were also spotted burning at several other businesses, including an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store, a beauty salon and a bank.
Protesters also appeared to vandalize traffic lights and a bus shelter.
Crowd breaks widows of unoccupied squad near Sherman and Auer. Other squad set afire and broken windows.
The Wisconsin National Guard has been activated in response to the violence.
“Following a request from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, and after discussions with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Adjutant General Donald Dunbar I have activated the Wisconsin National Guard to be in a position to aid local law enforcement upon request,” Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement Sunday.
Walker also asked residents of his state to be respectful of law enforcement.
“I will not comment on the specifics of the case as it is now under this investigation. I do, however, hope people will give law enforcement the respect they deserve for working so hard to keep us safe,” he said.
Earlier in the day, White House Deputy Press Secretary Jen Friedman said President Obama had been briefed on the events that took place in Milwaukee. As of yet no word from Obama!
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