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Jury Acquits Milwaukee Police Office For Killing Sylville Smith

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A former Milwaukee Police Officer has been acquitted for the killing of Sylville Smith, according to CBS.

Jurors, who entered deliberation on Tuesday, found Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide. The case largely centered on whether or not Heaggan-Brown’s actions were in self-defense, as Smith was no longer armed when he was shot.

Heaggan-Brown had been a police officer for three years before being fired in the fall of 2016. He was charged in December.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown. Photo Source: Facebook/Dominique Heaggan-Brown and Milwaukee Police Department)

The encounter between Heaggan-Brown and Smith, which resulted in Smith’s death, occurred in August 2016, and ignited multiple days of protests in Milwaukee.

During the encounter, Heaggan-Brown and another officer approached Smith after suspecting him of taking part in a drug deal. Smith, who was carrying a handgun, ran away, reaching a fence, over which he threw the gun. Heaggan-Brown first shot him in his right arm and, after Smith fell to the ground, fired again, this time hitting his chest.

We will update this story as more information comes in.

Written by David Grossman

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Jury Acquits Milwaukee Police Office For Killing Sylville Smith