On Saturday, August 14th, a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed 23-year old Sylville Smith near the intersection of West Auer Avenue and North 44th Street.
The police department reported that Smith had a gun and refused to drop it. Details are still unfolding.
What we do understand is that in the Sherman Park neighborhood where this took place, tensions had been mounting for weeks.
Sylville’s death sparked peaceful protests, as well as violent unrest. Footage of buildings set aflame brought national attention to the Milwaukee and its struggles.