Police cuff lawmaker as he tries to defuse Milwaukee tension

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Posted: Aug 31, 2016 11:26 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A state lawmaker says police officers threw him to the ground and put him in handcuffs as he tried to de-escalate tensions after about 10 people were arrested at the scene of a recent fatal police shooting on Milwaukee's north side.

Rep. Jonathan Brostoff says he was talking with members of the community in the Sherman Park neighborhood about 10 p.m. Tuesday when he was cuffed and thrown into a police wagon. He was later released.

Police earlier arrested 10 people for disorderly conduct and resisting officers.

Police say Sherman Park residents asked officers to respond about 8 p.m. after about 30 to 40 people gathered near the area where Sylville Smith was shot and killed nearly three weeks ago. Two nights of violent unrest followed his death.