Sylville Smith Shooting Captured By Two Body Cameras
The ongoing investigation into the fatal police shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith has resulted in a new development. According to Wisconsin’s attorney general, the shooting that has sparked riots and nights of violence was recorded by not one but two body cameras.
Authorities state that Smith was fleeing police and that footage from the officer’s body camera shows him holding a handgun, turning toward an officer and appearing to draw on the police when he was shot. Both reels of footage are being reviewed by Attorney General Brad Schimel who says that the vantage points are similar. He also notes that the videos won’t be released until after the county prosecutor decides whether to charge the officer.
Keep in mind, the officer’s name has not been made available to the public.
That fact has not stopped those in the community who do know him from outing him anyway. His name, image and location have been shared in social media posts who have identified him as a 24-year-old patrolman. A spokesman for the police department has declined to confirm if the identity being circulated online is that of Sylville Smith’s shooter.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, Sylville Smith was shot and killed after a brief foot chase that followed a traffic stop. Police say Smith had a gun in his hand when he turned toward the officer, who opened fire. Both the suspect and the officer are black Americans. Violence erupted after the shooting, as the north side of Milwaukee became inundated with protesters who hurled rocks at police and burnt six businesses.
H/T: The Root