At least 2 injured in protests after police shooting death of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee

At least 2 injured in protests after police shooting death of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee
Source: AP
Source: AP

At least two people were injured during the second night of contentious protests Sunday, following the police-involved shooting death of Sylville Smith Saturday, an African-American motorist authorities say was armed. 

According to CNN, one person was shot during the protest, and a police officer was injured after a rock broke through the window of a squad car. 

Smith was reportedly shot while fleeing a traffic stop. According to police, Smith refused to drop a loaded gun he was holding, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal reported. 

On Sunday, shootings were reported in three separate locations, CNN reported, and bricks, glass bottles and rocks were thrown at a squad car.

In the hours following Smith's death, protesters set fire to a bank, gas station and several other businesses on the city's north side, Mic previously reported. 

"[Saturday] night was unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city. I'm proud of the way our police officers and firefighters responded. What you saw [Saturday] night was tremendous restraint by our officers. Not a single shot was fired by the police," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said during a Sunday afternoon press conference, according to Fox 6

During the same press conference, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said the officer who shot Smith is African-American and that there are now concerns for his safety. 

The officer, who has not yet been publicly identified, was wearing a body camera, but the footage will not yet be released due to the ongoing investigation. 

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Ashley Edwards

Ashley Edwards is a news editor for Mic covering breaking and trending news. She previously worked at the New York Daily News and PIX11 News.

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