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National Guard activated after Milwaukee BLM riots over suspect's death

National Guard activated after Milwaukee BLM riots over suspect's death

Brendan O'Brien | Reuters

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker activated the National Guard on Sunday to help police should further rioting erupt in a predominantly black Milwaukee neighborhood where police killed an armed suspect.

The Sherman Park neighborhood, which has a reputation for poverty and crime, appeared calm at midday on Sunday after businesses were burned, cars set ablaze and gunshots fired overnight by demonstrators angered by the police killing.

Seventeen people were arrested in the disturbances, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told a news conference on Sunday. Four police officers were treated for injuries and released from hospitals.

Officials identified the dead man as Sylville K. Smith, 23, and Flynn said a video from a police officer's body camera showed Smith turning toward the officer with a gun in his hand. Smith did not drop it as ordered before he was shot, Mayor Tom Barrett added.

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