MILWAUKEE-The black man whose killing by police touched off rioting in Milwaukee was shot by a black officer after turning toward him with a gun in his hand, the city’s police chief has asserted.
UPDATE: New video shows when a car catches fire, and explodes in Milwaukee.
The revelation came as Wisconsin’s governor put the National Guard on standby against any further violence on the city’s mostly black north side. Police Chief Edward Flynn cautioned that the shooting was still under investigation and authorities were awaiting autopsy results, but that based on the silent video from the unidentified officer’s body
camera, he “certainly appeared to be within lawful bounds.”
Flynn refused to identify the officer who shot Smith but said he is black. The police chief said he wasn’t sure what prompted the stop but described Smith’s car as “behaving suspiciously.” After watching the officer’s body camera footage, Flynn said the entire episode took about 25 seconds, from the start of the traffic stop until shots were fired. He said Smith ran “a few dozen feet” and turned toward the officer while holding a gun.“It was in his hand. He was raising up with it,” the chief said. He said it was unclear how many rounds the officer fired.
IN JULY -MIAMI- FLORIDA-One another controversial story:
Officers shot an ‘unarmed’ caregiver black man, that was lying on the ground with his hands in the air.