Sheriff Clarke Requests Immediate Mobilization of National Guard

Sheriff Clarke Requests Immediate Mobilization of National Guard

Sheriff Clarke Requests Immediate Mobilization of National Guard

Walker announced the National Guard activation after a request from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who met with Walker and Wisconsin National Guard Adjutant General Donald Dunbar.

The National Guard was deployed in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 after several nights of rioting over the police killing of an unarmed black man. Units of the National Guard, a part of the United States Armed Forces reserves, are under the dual control of the states and federal government.

As night fell, the crowd got bigger, and anger escalated, said Reggie Moore, who heads the office of violence prevention at the city's health department.

About 100 protesters had gathered for a demonstration Saturday evening when violence broke out. Five officers were slain by a sniper in Dallas in July as they provided security at an otherwise peaceful protest of police killings. At the same news conference, Mayor Tom Barrett said a still image pulled from the footage clearly showed the gun in 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith's hand as he fled a traffic stop Saturday.

Flynn said the officer stopped Smith's vehicle because he was behaving suspiciously and then had to chase Smith on foot into an enclosed space between two houses. The officer was wearing a body camera, Barrett said. The handgun he was armed with was stolen in a robbery in Waukesha earlier this year, police said. Flynn refused to identify the officer who shot Smith but said he is black. When Smith and another person in the vehicle started running, an officer shot Smith in pursuit.

The police officer "ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun", Barrett said during a news conference later in the day. Another police auto was set on fire.

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He said 17 arrests had been made overnight, and that all of those arrested had prior criminal records.

The crowd threw stones at police, set fire to a fuel station and there were reports of gunshots, according to the Milwaukee Police Department's Twitter account.

"I am lost." On Sunday morning, about three dozen volunteers swept up glass and filled trash bags with rocks, bricks and bottles at the intersection where a gas station burned to the ground.

He praised what he said were the scores of local people who came to the neighborhood Sunday to help clean up. Three officers were killed by a gunman in Baton Rouge less than two weeks later.

The unrest comes amid a backdrop of growing discontent about fatal police shootings of black Americans.

In Milwaukee, local official Khalif Rainey, who represents the area where the disturbances took place, called the violence a "warning cry". "They are exhausted of living under this oppression".

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