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Another night of protests rocks Milwaukee after deadly police shooting

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Monday dawned in Milwaukee with the city still on edge after a weekend of riots and unrest, sparked by the police killing of a young black man fleeing a traffic stop.

Police say Sylville Smith, 23, allegedly ignored orders to drop a gun and was shot twice. Smith died of his wounds. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said police captured the interaction on a body camera, but that video has not yet been released.


Saturday night saw the worst of the violence, with several businesses set on fire as protesters filled the streets of North Milwaukee. Sunday night's protest was more subdued after community leaders urged calm.

There have been tensions between police and residents of North Milwaukee for years, with many in the neighborhood chafing under what they say is a pattern of racially motivated aggressive enforcement. One politician representing the area called it a "powder keg."

At least one officer was injured after a protester threw a rock at his windshield.

Gov. Scott Walker activated the National Guard, but has not ordered them deployed.

Many of the protesters' actions were criticized.

Tensions have been high nationwide as police and black men have clashed over the summer. 

Alton Sterling  was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police in July. Philando Castile  was shot and killed during a traffic stop as he reached for his ID, according to a witness.

In Dallas, five officers were killed by  Micah Johnson,  whom police say was targeting police officers.

I want the community to know that the individual had a gun.
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett

Officials have repeatedly told locals that the shooting was justified.

But one of the protesters told  USA Today  "This is a rights issue," claiming, "They have been taking our folks for too long."

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