A jury has found former Milwaukee Police Department officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty in the shooting death of Sylville Smith last August.
During his reckless homicide trial, prosecutors argued Heaggan-Brown did not need to use deadly force against Smith, claiming that the deceased was "in the most vulnerable position he [could] possibly be in" when he was killed.
When Mr. Smith reached the fence, he threw his gun over it, just as Officer Heaggan-Brown fired at him, a shot that hit Mr. Smith in his right arm.
"That first shot was a justifiable shot and that justification did not change in 1.69 seconds", Smith said, alluding to the time that transpired before the first and second shot.
Smith's family members reacted angrily to the verdict, swearing and storming from the courtroom. "It's a decision the community had to make", Chisholm said.
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Heaggan-Brown was sacked from the Milwaukee Police Department last fall on sexual assault charges, according to the New York Times. P.O. Heaggan-Brown is observed standing a short distance from Smith with his weapon pointed down at Smith when Heaggan-Brown discharges a second shot from his weapon at what appears to be Smith's chest.
Heaggan-Brown experienced the encounter in "real time", not in frame-by-frame motion as it was shown to the jury, Willis said, according to WTMJ. As they exited their squad auto, Mr. Smith, who was armed with a handgun, darted away and ran into a yard with a chain-link fence.
In Heaggan-Brown's bodycam video, he began chasing Smith immediately after stepping out of his patrol auto.
The jury that acquitted Heaggan-Brown consisted of nine women and three men. The video showed the second shot - 1.69 seconds later - hit Smith in the chest as he lay on the ground. "The state admits that the first shot was a justified shot", defense attorney Jonathan Smith said.
Two nights of violence broke out in a north side neighborhood after then-Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith.
Jury deliberations are entering a second day in the trial of a former Milwaukee police officer charged in a fatal shooting that led to riots in the majority African-American neighborhood where it happened. According to Fox6, jurors also had the option to pick from two lesser charges instead of first-degree reckless homicide. Smith's death arrived while being pursued on foot by Heaggan-Brown after fleeing a traffic stop.