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Milwaukee Mayor Imposes Curfew Amid Fallout From Police Shooting of Armed Man

Demonstrations against police shootings in Milwaukee, Aug. 14, 2016 / AP
• August 15, 2016 5:16 pm

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett imposed a 10 p.m. curfew for minors Monday amid unrest following the fatal shooting of an armed black male by a black police officer in the city over the weekend.

The crackdown follows two nights of violent protests that wounded at least seven officers who were hit by concrete or rocks, Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn told reporters. Multiple deputies have not yet returned to duty.

Fourteen people were arrested Sunday after protesters lit six businesses on fire, including a gas station, torched squad cars, and heaved rocks at officers, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

An 18-year-old male was shot in the neck during the chaos. Police transported him to the hospital in an armed vehicle.

Sylville Smith was pulled over by a pair of officers Saturday afternoon before he attempted to flee the vehicle. He was fatally shot while running away after refusing to drop his gun.

Footage from a police body camera showed Smith holding a handgun during the incident, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Sunday.

"The individual was armed. The individual did turn toward the officer with the firearm in his hand. You can’t tell when the officer discharges his firearm," Flynn said Sunday, USA Today reported.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Sunday, putting the state’s National Guard on alert should local law enforcement require reinforcement.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the shooting as required by state law.

Published under: Police, Protests, Scott Walker, Wisconsin