The Killing Goes On: wieder Todesschüsse auf jungen Schwarzen in Milwaukee

hier unübersetzt der Aufruf von Color of Change zu den Todesschüssen auf Sylville Smith in Milwaukee.- Die blaue zeile ist der Link zur Unterschriftenkampagne zwecks Herausgabe der Bodycam-Aufzeichnungen:

On August 13, 2016, 23-year-old Sylville Smith was shot and killed by Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown during a traffic stop that turned deadly, a narrative we’ve heard far too often. According to Police Chief Edward Flynn, the 20-25 second incident was recorded on a police body camera.1

The police have failed to release the footage to the public and are biasedly reporting only Sylville’s role in the incident, which is a common tactic used to criminalize Black folks in order to justify killing them. Police body cameras are supposed to increase transparency and accountability but too many departments don’t want to give the public access to the footage.

Will you stand with Milwaukee residents and demand Attorney General Brad Schimel release Sylville Smith’s video footage?

Milwaukee residents have been protesting and demanding the city release the videotape since the night Sylville was shot by police. Although the community uprising was sparked by the killing of Sylville, many local officials and Sylville’s brother acknowledge the community response as being the byproduct of no transparency, lack of police accountability and racial disparity. City Alderman Khalif Rainey stated in a CNN article, “This community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country.”2 And data confirms Milwaukee ranks in the top five worst cities on every indicator of racial injustice.3

The narrative about what happened to Sylville and the community’s response is only coming from law enforcement and elected officials. Now that Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown has been identified as the officer who shot Sylville, reports have surfaced that Heaggan-Brown knew Sylville from attending the same high school.4 Community members are also complaining that Heaggan-Brown is known for being extremely aggressive and antagonistic with Black communities. The family of Sylville and his community deserve to know the truth as seen on camera–not as told by the police. The Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett called for a quick public release of the body camera footage, but no action has been taken.5

Communities across the country fought for body cameras to hold police accountable, not further protect them. We can’t afford to continue to spend millions of dollars on police technology, like body cameras, only to be denied access to footage. Practices like this undermine the transparency and pathway to accountability we were promised.

Demand Attorney General Brad Schimel publicly release the body camera tape!

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