Protesters shoot at cops and set fire to local businesses after Milwaukee police shoot armed 23-year-old man.
Milwaukee erupted in violent protest Saturday night after city police shot and killed an armed 23-year-old man earlier that day, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
After a lengthy standoff between 20-30 police officers equipped in riot gear and a crowd of approximately 200, a gas station was set and cop cars were smashed. Someone in the crowd reportedly shot at officers. Later, several local businesses were set ablaze, including a BMO Harris Bank branch, a beauty supply company and a O'Reilly Auto Parts store.
The shooting occurred on Saturday afternoon at around 3:30 local time. A 24-year-old police officer with six years of experience pursued a man on foot after the suspect fled from a traffic stop. Police claim the suspect had a "lengthy arrest record" and was armed with a semiautomatic handgun. When he did not comply with the officer's request to drop his weapon, the officer opened fire several times. According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the officer who fired the shots was wearing a body camera.
People are shooting back at police in Milwaukee tonight after a Black man was shot 3 times in the back earlier today pic.twitter.com/DnX9XIWxtD— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) August 14, 2016
Just heard about 5 gunshots near the fire on Sherman.— Rachelle Baillon (@reporterrach) August 14, 2016
MPD officer undergoing treatment at local hospital after brick thrown through squad window, striking officer in the head.— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) August 14, 2016
Gas station at Sherman and Burleigh set on fire. MFD cannot extinguish fire as gunshots are being fired.— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) August 14, 2016
Crowd breaks widows of unoccupied squad near Sherman and Auer. Other squad set afire and broken windows on another. pic.twitter.com/Jux2mJZYyQ— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) August 14, 2016
Guns have been drawn. Cops shooting at civilians. Civilians shooting at cops. Media have also been shot at.#MilwaukeeUprising— erythræan (@mielakay) August 14, 2016