Fiery protests broke out Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after police shot and killed a man during a foot chase, according to NBC News.
The 23-year-old victim, who was allegedly armed with a handgun, reportedly fled a traffic stop on Milwaukee’s north side Saturday afternoon, writes the news outlet:
Milwaukee’s mayor said the man was struck twice — in the chest and the arm — and that he believes the officer involved had a body camera on at the time of the shooting.
Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper it wasn’t clear if the gun was pointed at the officer.
Reuters notes that the shooting took place in Sherman Park, a predominantly Black neighborhood in the city, where other news outlet report that about 100 people gathered overnight and burned a police car and several businesses, including a gas station:
In 2014, Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man was shot dead in a park by a Milwaukee police officer, an incident that sparked largely peaceful protests.
Sherman Park was the scene of some unrelated rioting a month ago. Coalition 4 Justice, which was formed after Hamilton was killed, called on supporters to clean up city streets and hold prayer vigils.
The races of the victim and the officer have not yet been released. Police claim the victim “had a lengthy arrest record and was carrying a stolen handgun loaded with 23 rounds of ammunition when police pulled over the vehicle for unspecified ‘suspicious activity,‘” writes Reuters.
The 24-year-old officer was placed on administrative duty following the incident. He has been with the police department for six years and an officer for three years, reports say.