Former Milwaukee police officer found not guilty in fatal shooting

Dominique Heaggan-Brown right and his attorney Jonathan C. Smith left watch the power point presentation of use of force expert Robert C. Willis on a video screen during the trial of former Milwaukee officer Heaggan Brown Monday

According to the Times, the night after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown "went to a bar, met a man, drank heavily and "bragged about being able to do whatever" he wanted 'without repercussions'".

The ruling follows Friday's acquittal of Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile, whose dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook.

The first shot fired by Heaggan-Brown was justified, Chisholm said, because Smith was holding the gun.

The encounter began when Heaggan-Brown and two other cops said they saw Sylville Smith's rental vehicle parked a foot away from a curb and suspected a drug deal was taking place.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee jury needed less than two days of deliberations to acquit a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man past year that sparked two nights of violence on the city's north side.

The fatal encounter transpired over 12 seconds from the time Heaggan-Brown got out of his vehicle to begin chasing Smith to when the fatal shot was sacked. After Smith was shot, the resulting violence during protests left businesses burned, police cars damaged and officers injured.

The jury is made up of nine women and three men. He was reportedly armed when he led officers on a foot chase, and Heaggan-Brown's lawyers argued that the former officer was acting in self-defense.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, who made the decision to charge Heaggan-Brown, said he did not agree with the verdict but would respect it.

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The intense moments during August 13, 2016, were captured on police radio just before Smith was shot and killed.

A jury needed only parts of two days of deliberations before clearing Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the death of Sylville Smith. "Black or white, because we all bleed the same, we all hurt the same, and it don't feel good to lose anybody", said Sherelle Smith.

Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was sacked from his police department last fall, was charged with reckless homicide in the killing, which fueled two days of protests in Milwaukee as well as ongoing national outrage over police officers using excessive force to injure or kill people of color.

Smith's family members reacted angrily to the verdict, swearing and storming from the courtroom. He believes the second shot was unreasonable. Heaggan-Brown is still fighting those sexual assault charges. He told the court that Heaggan-Brown was following officer training in ending a threat and that the former officer could not have known whether Smith had another weapon on him while he was lying on the ground and that it all happened in a split second.

He was charged with the fatal shooting of Slyville Smith last August. This investigation is unrelated to the shooting death of Smith.

Jurors reached their decision on the second day of deliberations in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

MCEVERS: What argument did his defense attorneys make? And with the shooting happening amid multiple other high-profile police shootings of black men, local tensions skyrocketed, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called in the National Guard to monitor the protests.

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