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Neither of the two video recordings will be released publicly until after Milwaukee prosecutors decide whether to charge the officer involved, according to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Schimel's office is reviewing the incident, to help determine whether police acted appropriately. An officer shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith on August 13, which led to riots in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood. City leaders said afterward that Smith was fleeing a traffic stop, armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Jarob Ortiz

A job of a lifetime began Monday for 33-year-old Jarob Ortiz, a coveted position he never imagined would be his. Ortiz has become the official photographer of the National Park Service, and during its centennial year.

"Each one of those interviews I spent about 7 days leading up to those things studying about 6 hours a night, just making sure I would be as good as I possibly could,” Ortiz says.

Susan Bence

Milwaukee is in a reflective mood, days after tragic events unfolded in the city’s Sherman Park neighborhood. Earlier this week, people quietly reflected in Alice’s Garden, a green oasis two miles southeast of the Sherman Park hot spot.

A circle more than 50 people – different sizes, ages and colors – stood together.  And, Monique Inez Liston led a solemn chant.

Sarah Kies, Milwaukee College Prep

Families across Milwaukee are reeling from news of violence on the city’s north side.

UPDATE: Sylville Smith was shot once in the chest and once in the arm, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner. Those autopsy results seem to correspond with city leaders' account that Smith had turned toward the officer who fatally shot him. Police say the 23-year-old was armed and fleeing after a traffic stop.

Courtney Carmody, Flickr

Struggling Milwaukee public schools are in limbo.

The first day of classes is right around the corner, and they don’t know if they’re going to get picked for the state’s new Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program.

LaToya Dennis

Some Wisconsin communities that have long relied on volunteer and part-time firefighters are now facing a shortage of people willing to help out. A legislative committee formed this summer to address the problem, but in the meantime, fire departments are doing what they can to make sure they're able to respond to emergencies.

Clifton Pharm wanted to explain to his five-year-old granddaughter Chanel what happened over the weekend in their Sherman Park neighborhood. So he took her hand and walked her past businesses that demonstrators set on fire and ransacked, following the fatal police shooting of a young black man. The grandfather remembers when his brother did the same for him, in the 1960s.

Pharm and Chanel started their walk on 36th and Fond du Lac, right across the street from the damaged BMO Harris bank building.

Ann-Elise Henzl Reporter Milwaukee Public Radio

Summer vacation is drawing to a close for thousands of Milwaukee students. But for some, learning has continued throughout the warm months. They’ve been taking part in YouthBuild program.

The program, run by MATC and Journey House, prepares people ages 16-24, who've dropped out of school for a career in the construction trades.

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The police shooting and violence Milwaukee has experienced since the weekend topped Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's visit to the region Tuesday.

At a campaign rally in West Bend, Trump told the crowd that Democratic policies and attitudes have brought many central city neighborhoods, including in Milwaukee, to their knees.

Michelle Maternowski

There are many theories as to how a neighborhood that used to be held up as a beacon of success has become ground zero for unrest.

Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood has seen a lot of changes over the years. It was once the heart of Milwaukee’s Jewish population and it was known for its manicured lawns and for being a close-knit community. While you can still find some of those attributes in Sherman Park, Clifton Pharm says he’s watched things spiral downwards over the last couple of decades.

Michelle Maternowski

Sunday afternoon, the Milwaukee Police Department invited faith and community leaders to meet in the aftermath of devastating events in the Sherman Park neighborhood. The hope was that influential residents could help foster calm.

One person at the table was Eric Von. The Washington D.C. native has made Milwaukee his home since 1991.  

WUWM listeners have come to know the veteran journalist as host of the Precious Lives series that focuses on the root causes of gun violence.

Marti Mikkelson

In the midst of unrest in Milwaukee, several dozen young recruits entered the police academy on Monday. They’ll undergo training for six months; when they graduate, they’ll begin walking the beat as Milwaukee police officers. City leaders acknowledged during the swearing-in ceremony that the cadets would be entering the police force at a difficult time.

The cadets entered the room to applause from friends and family members. They took the oath of office at the Milwaukee Safety Academy on the north side.

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At a press conference Monday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the existing 10 p.m. weekday curfew for minors will be more strictly enforced.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has also ordered Sherman Park to close to the public at 6 p.m. Monday night. It will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Clarke announced that the nighttime park closure will continue until further notice. People angry about the fatal police shooting of an African American man in Milwaukee took to the streets again overnight Sunday.

Susan Bence

If Milwaukee were not reeling after a weekend of violence and a young man’s death, a peaceful Sunday afternoon soccer game on the city’s south side would have seemed perfectly normal. A group, called Common Ground, gathered at the Kinnickinnic Sports Center too, to push for more recreational opportunities for Milwaukee kids. The group believes the move could help make violent weekends rare.

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