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Milwaukee police officer who shot Sylville Smith sparking riots attended high school together

August 19, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Milwaukee police officer who shot Sylville Smith sparking riots attended high school together

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The police officer in Milwaukee, who allegedly shot and killed Sylville Smith, sparking four days of violent riots, both knew each other from high school.

Authorities still have not officially released the identity of the police officer who gunned down the 23-year-old Sylville Smith on Saturday during a traffic stop, however, viral social media posts, and some news reports identified the cop as 24-year-old Dominique Heaggan-Brown.

A minimum of 3,000 people shared a Facebook picture of Heaggan-Brown, who was named by the Journal-Sentinal.

As a result, angry Facebook users commented threatening messages under the man’s picture, with some declaring “if he’s seen anywhere in the city drop him” while someone else said that he should be shot in the head.

The victim’s sister, Sherelle Smith, explained in an interview with Fox 6 that the cop attended high school with her brother.

Sherelle said, “The boy knew my brother personally from high school. They knew each other. You knew exactly how my brother was, and you shot and killed him.”

Friends and family in the neighborhood also confirmed that the cop and the victim, whose murder has caused violence to erupt in the city, knew each other.

Heaggan, who was also known by the nickname “KB Domo,” was a musician who often worked with hip hop artist Dae Flywalker, according to the New York Daily News.

The District 7 police station was briefly shut down because of the extensive threats that they were receiving, including gunshots fired nearby on Monday afternoon, Police Chief Edward Flynn said in an interview with the Journal-Sentinel. The station reopened that same day at 8 pm.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the department said that it recognized a “disturbing national trend” in which individuals on social media have threatened officers and their families involved in fatal shootings.

A spokesperson for the department refused to confirm the identity released by the Journal-Sentinel.

The police officer became employed by the Milwaukee force back in 2010 as a police aide and graduated from the police academy in 2013.

Sylville Smith  was killed Saturday after a brief foot pursuit after he was pulled over for a traffic violation.

According to authorities, Smith reportedly had a gun in his hand when he faced the officer, who then fired at the man. The state is currently investigating the incident.

A few hours following the shooting, violence exploded on the city’s mostly black north side, with protesters throwing rocks at cops and setting six businesses and a squad car on fire.

A less intense night of protests also occurred on Sunday, and resulted in a teenager being shot and an officer being injured.

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