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Milwaukee Plagued by More Violence, as Activists Call for Peace Following Protests

By Staff

 

Activists call for peace on Sunday.

Activists pray for peace on Sunday.

Following a tumultuous weekend of protests, and calls for peace in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the city was plagued by more violence Monday.

The shooting of an armed African-American man, 23-year-old Sylville Smith, by a black police officer Saturday sparked riots and protests in the city; protests in which guns were fired, objects were thrown, and cars and businesses were burned, according to police.

Authorities said an 18 -year-old who was shot in the neck Monday during a protest had been hospitalized following the chaos.

Seven officers were also wounded, after being hit by rocks and bricks during the unrest, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn stated.

An officer also suffered eye injuries from glass fragments, after someone threw a concrete brick through the window of a squad car.

Flynn has implored residents to keep calm, and stop any further destruction.

“The goal is to make the city safe, and not to win a fight,” Flynn stated.

According to police, body camera footage showed Smith had been holding a handgun, and failed to comply when the unidentified officer ordered him to drop his weapon.

Smith reportedly died at the scene, and no officers were injured during the incident.

The 24-year-old officer has three years experience on the force, and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident.

Following the initial onset of violence Saturday, some activists also condemned the violence Sunday, calling for peace in the area.

Although Milwaukee has been known for having polarizing racial tensions, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the weekend’s violence had been unprecedented.

“I hope I never see it again,” Barrett stated. “A young man lost his life …and, no matter what the circumstances, his family must be hurting.”

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