Violence, Fires Break Out After Fatal Police Shooting In Milwaukee

Protesters torched four buildings, including a gas station.

Police said they made three arrests.

The officer is a 6-year veteran of the department, and was wearing a body camera.

Statistician Samuel Sinyangwe tweets that though black men make up 18 percent of the city's population, they are 90 percent of those killed by police.

Earlier in the evening, more than 100 people gathered near the scene of the shooting at N. 44th St. and W. Auer Ave. and at times pushed against a line of 20 to 30 officers, some of whom were in riot gear.

Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton joined Mr Barrett's calls. "Please allow the process to work", he said.

Officer-involved shootings and deaths are under intense scrutiny throughout the United States.

Barrett was expected to meet with police and others on Sunday to discuss whether a citywide curfew should be imposed to try to prevent further violence.

In addition to the gas station, a bank, an auto parts store and a beauty supply shop were burned.

The station also reported that several stores had been looted. A nearby traffic light was bent over and bus shelters overturned.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported shots were heard fired from within the crowd.

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According to police, the 23-year-old suspect fled after he and another man were pulled over for "suspicious activity".

Volunteers are cleaning up debris from overnight violence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after the fatal shooting of a man by police on Saturday triggered clashes between residents and law enforcement.

Some 100 protesters skirmished with officers Saturday night, hours after an officer shot and killed a 23-year-old man whom police said was armed and had run from a traffic stop. Some demonstrators threw objects at police cars, leaving one officer hospitalized after a brick struck him in the head, the mayor said. It's unclear whether he pointed the gun at officers before being shot several times. Officials say the man was armed with a handgun, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Assistant Chief Bill Jessup alluded to the violence in discussing the fatal shooting.

"We understand the frustration people feel with the police community nationally". Police did not reveal the race of the 24-year-old police officer or of the man he killed, only saying the suspect has a "lengthy arrest record" and the handgun he was carrying had been stolen in March.

"The black people of Milwaukee are exhausted", Alderman Khalif Rainey said.

Police earlier said Smith fled from a traffic stop.

In July, two black men were shot dead by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, which sparked angry protests by African Americans across the nation against police brutality and racial discrimination. Stanmeyer says the man died at the scene.

Wisconsin's governor put the National Guard on standby Sunday in case of another outbreak of violence in Milwaukee, after a deadly police shooting touched off a night of arson and rock-throwing in a mostly black neighborhood.

The officer is 24 and will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the district attorney's office.

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