Trial of Wisconsin man who shot black man underway

Former Milwaukee, Wisconsin police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown is scheduled to go on trial on June 12, 2017 for the shooting death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith that took place on August 14, 2016. The district Attorney John Chisholm and defense attorney Richard Kohn told Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Conen on Thursday, January 12, that neither are willing to negotiate a plea deal.

Heaggan-Brown allegedly killed Smith during a traffic stop back in August 2016, an incident that sparked two nights of riots in Milwaukee, an event that mirrored events following the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers in Ferguson, Missouri to Baltimore.

The trial followed an earlier hearing, which determined how to handle the two pending cases against Heaggan-Brown: one for homicide and another for unrelated sexual allegations that got him fired from his post in October 2016.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said Heaggan-Brown’s shooting of Smith appeared to be justified after Heaggan-Brown was charged with reckless homicide in December 2016.

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