On August 13, 2016, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot and killed Sylvill Smith during a routine traffic stop. According to Buzzfeed News, Smith tried to run from Heaggan-Brown and two other officers at the time of the shooting. Although he was armed when the initial shots were fired, he had already thrown his gun away from him by the time the fatal shot to the chest was fired.
A jury is now in the deliberation process to decide if the officer will be convicted of reckless homicide, which can give him up to 60 years in prison.
It may seem like this trial s long overdue, but Heaggan-Brown wasn’t arrested for the shooting until December. In October, he was actually fired over a charge of sexual harassment and prostitution, and his arrest for this followed.
The jury has the option to convict Heaggan-Brown of lesser charges of second-degree reckless homicide or homicide by reckless operation of a dangerous weapon, which could still earn him 25 years in prison.
After the shooting, two days of protest broke out which resulted in the building being burned and people getting arrested. The jury is still debating on the fate of Heaggan-Brown.