The Latest: Black Panthers meet city leader over unrest

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016 2:28 PM
The Latest: Black Panthers meet city leader over unrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on violence in Milwaukee following the shooting of a black man by a police officer (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

The leader of the Black Panthers in Milwaukee met with the city's Common Council president to press for changes to economic and social issues he says underlie recent violence in a predominantly minority neighborhood.

Council President Ashanti Hamilton promised he would engage the community to help address those issues and told King Rick that "it's a heavy lift."

The Black Panther leader, who declined to give his last name, told Hamilton that Saturday's fatal shooting of Sylville Smith is the match that lit the powder keg of issues and resulted in chaos in the Sherman Park neighborhood.

King Rick says Milwaukee has "always been primed for insurrection and it came to fruition." He and four other Panthers met with Hamilton after Police Chief Edward Flynn briefed members of the council on the unrest behind closed doors.


11:50 a.m.

Donald Trump is heading to Milwaukee to meet with law enforcement as the city wrestles with violence following the fatal shooting of a black man by police.

Trump already had stops planned Tuesday in Eau Claire and Milwaukee before Saturday's fatal shooting of 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith. It's not clear when the event with police and veterans was scheduled.

Trump's appearances in both cities include fundraisers. He is also taping an appearance with Fox's Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening in Milwaukee.

Police say Smith was fleeing a traffic stop and was armed with a handgun when he was shot by a black police officer. The mayor and police chief say body-camera video shows Smith had the gun in hand and had turned toward the officer when he was shot.


11:35 a.m.

A handful of Milwaukee's Black Panthers say they want to meet with city leaders about violence on the city's north side following the shooting of a black man by police.

Five members of the group are at City Hall Tuesday morning asking to meet with council members. Police Chief Edward Flynn is giving private briefings to small groups of council members about the situation.

The Black Panther group's leader, King Rick, declined to give his last name. He said boycotts, recall votes and insurrection are in the city's future unless something is done to help the north side with issues of unemployment and poverty.


10:25 a.m.

Police say they arrested 10 people overnight but that Milwaukee's north side was much calmer than over the weekend when violent protests over the shooting of a black man rocked the area.

The department also tweeted Tuesday that only one shot was fired, which is far fewer than the previous two nights. And police noted zero injured officers, no damaged vehicles and no damage to businesses or residences.

Six businesses were burned Saturday night, the first and worst night of the unrest.

Chief Edward Flynn is briefing a closed meeting of city council members Tuesday morning.

Police say the man who was shot Saturday was fleeing from police and had turned with a gun in hand toward the pursuing officer, who was also black. The state is investigating.


7:47 a.m.

Residents in a Milwaukee neighborhood marred by violence and destruction in the wake of a police shooting are waking up after a much calmer night.

The Sherman Park neighborhood erupted in chaos Saturday night after a black suspect was fatally shot by a black Milwaukee police officer. Businesses burned, gunshots rang out and police in riot gear were pelted with rocks and other objects. The violence continued, to a lesser degree, on Sunday night.

Officials promised strict enforcement of a 10 p.m. curfew for teens Monday night and closed Sherman Park at 6 p.m.

Police Chief Edward Flynn says there were some confrontations and six people were arrested Monday night, but that the neighborhood was relatively calm compared to the weekend.