The Latest: Police shooting trial set for closing arguments
Defense attorneys for a former Milwaukee officer on trial for fatally shooting a black man have rested their case
Monday, June 19, 2017
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):
Defense attorneys for a former Milwaukee officer on trial for fatally shooting a black man have rested their case.
Attorneys for Dominique Heaggan-Brown called an expert in the use of deadly force as their only witness for the former officer charged with first-degree reckless homicide.
Heaggan-Brown killed Sylville Smith after a foot chase following a traffic stop Aug. 13. The shooting that sparked riots in the predominantly black neighborhood where it happened.
Heaggan-Brown’s attorneys said he acted in self-defense because Smith had a firearm and their expert, Robert Willis, testified Monday that Heaggan-Brown “acted in accordance with his training.”
Prosecutors say Smith was defenseless because he threw away his gun before Heaggan-Brown fatally shot him.
Closing arguments in the case are expected Tuesday morning.
A police expert in the use of deadly force testified that the former Milwaukee officer on trial for fatally shooting a black man after a foot chase “acted in accordance with his training.”
The testimony from Robert Willis Monday comes as attorneys for former officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown prepare to finish their case. Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the Aug. 13 death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith.
Smith ran from police during a traffic stop carrying a gun with Heaggan-Brown in pursuit. Smith threw away his gun a second before Heaggan-Brown fatally shot him. Prosecutors contend Smith was defensless.
Willis says Heaggan-Brown was forced to make a quick decision when “he was presented with a deadly threat.”
Closing arguments are expected Monday afternoon.
Attorneys for a former Milwaukee police officer charged in a fatal shooting will begin making their case that the officer was acting in self-defense when he killed a black man after a brief foot chase.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also African-American, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Sylville Smith last year. The Aug. 13 shooting sparked two nights of riots in the predominantly black neighborhood where it happened.
Smith was armed when he ran from a traffic stop but prosecutors argue he was defenseless when Heaggan-Brown shot him because Smith threw his gun over a fence. But Heaggan-Brown’s attorneys say the fatal encounter happened so fast the officer had to act quickly to defend himself.
Heaggan-Brown’s attorneys will start presenting their case Monday.