Dominique Heaggan-Brown was acquitted of reckless homicide Wednesday in the fatal August shooting of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, WDJT reported. The verdict concludes a week of courtroom proceedings and two days of jury deliberation in the controversial case.
The outcome marks yet another demoralizing defeat for the Black Lives Matter movement and its allies, who have watched helplessly as one law enforcement officer after another has been acquitted or not charged for killing a black person.
On Aug. 13, Heaggan-Brown and another Milwaukee police officer chased Smith down on foot after noticing that the 23-year-old was armed with a Glock, according to CNN.
Heaggan-Brown fired one shot from his service weapon, striking Smith in the right arm and prompting Smith to toss his own firearm over a fence and place his hands on his head.
Heaggan-Brown fired a another shot less than two seconds later while Smith was on the ground, striking him in the chest and killing him. Read more (6/21/17)