MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Milwaukee police officer charged in the death of a black man last year (all times local):
A former police academy trainer testifying in the trial of a Milwaukee officer charged in a fatal shooting of a black man told jurors the specialty bullets officers used are “designed to stop the threat.”
The testimony from Matthew Knight came Thursday on behalf of the prosecution. Prosecutors are trying to convince jurors that Dominique Heaggan-Brown did not need to fire the second shot that killed an unarmed Sylville Smith.
Knight now works for the district attorney’s office.
Heaggan-Brown shot Smith once in the arm as he was throwing away a gun after fleeing a traffic stop. A shot to his chest almost immediately after the first bullet killed him.
Smith’s death ignited riots last year in the predominantly black neighborhood where it happened.
Heaggan-Brown faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of first-degree reckless homicide.
Video from the camera of a former Milwaukee police officer on trial for a shooting death of a black man that sparked riots shows the officer asking if he’s “still there” as the man lay dying on the ground.
The footage from Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s body camera shown to a jury Thursday is the first time the public has seen and heard Heaggan-Brown’s reaction to the shooting immediately after it happened Aug. 13.
Heaggan-Brown is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith.
Within 12 seconds of exiting his car, Heaggan-Brown shoots Smith twice after a foot chase. Prosecutors say Smith had thrown away his gun when Heaggan-Brown fired the fatal shot but the officer has maintained he believed Smith was still armed.
Prosecutors are expected to show body camera footage from the Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot a black man following a traffic stop last August, setting off two nights of rioting.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith. Heaggan-Brown is also black and he grew up in the same neighborhood where the shooting occurred.
The trial resumes Thursday. Jurors on Wednesday saw footage from another officer’s body camera. It showed a foot chase that eventually turned fatal, a scene so dramatic that some of Smith’s relatives left the courtroom in tears.
Heaggan-Brown was fired in October after being charged with sexual assault in an unrelated case. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted for killing Smith.
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