Breaking: Milwaukee Police Officer in Deadly Shooting Was Black, Suspect Had Criminal Record
Milwaukee Police Chief edward Flynn identified the shooting victim from yesterday’s police involved shooting as Sylville Smith.
Smith had a lengthy arrest record.
— Red Louisiana News (@redlanews) August 14, 2016
BREAKING: Milwaukee police chief identifies shooting victim as Sylville K. Smith, says he had a 'lengthy arrest record.'
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 14, 2016
Sylville had a stolen gun.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the deceased suspect's gun was stolen and had 23 rounds in it. pic.twitter.com/vudJGTjZWF
— Jacob Carpenter (@MJS_JCarpenter) August 14, 2016
The Heavy reported:
Police said in a press release that the 23-year-old man who was fatally shot had a “lengthy arrest record.”
A search of Wisconsin court records revealed several arrests, but only one misdemeanor conviction for Sylville Smith. His record also included traffic offenses. No felony convictions were found.
The misdemeanor conviction, for carrying a concealed weapon, came in July 2014. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $443 and ordered to serve one day in jail.
His record also included guilty findings on traffic offenses for speeding, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Smith was arrested in 2015 on a charge of intimidating a witness by a person charged with a felony, which is itself a felony offense. The case was dropped later that year by the prosecutor.
He was also charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of THC earlier in 2015. Those charges were dismissed by a judge based on a motion by the defense.
Police Chief Flynn told reporters on Sunday the police officer involved in the incident was black.
— Tim Peck (@timothypeck) August 14, 2016
— The Moderate Man (@TheModerateMan) August 14, 2016