Milwaukee police charge 3 for looting during riot after shooting

by Associated Press |  |  published on August 21, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Prosecutors have charged three men in the looting of a liquor store during the unrest that followed the police shooting of a black man in Milwaukee.

The men were arrested early last Sunday as police arrived and ordered everyone inside to come out. The criminal complaint filed Friday says the defendants told police the windows were already shattered and other people were looting the store when they went inside.

Sylville K. Smith, 23, was shot Aug. 13 after what police said was a brief foot chase when he fled a traffic stop. Police say body-camera video from the black officer who shot him shows that Smith was holding a handgun and had turned toward the officer. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said Friday that Smith was shot once in the chest and once in the arm.

A few hours after Smith’s death, a protest on the city’s largely black north side erupted into violence. The unrest left several businesses burned and assorted other with damage that federal officials said could amount to several million dollars.

Durrell Jones, 45, of West Allis, was charged Friday with burglary, while Joseph Lindsey, 22, and Devon Love, 20, both of Milwaukee, were charged with unlawful entry into a locked building. Online court records don’t list attorneys for any of the three men.

  • daquain

    They loot stores to honor the black criminal who was shot. Isn’t that a nice and respectful thing to do? It’s what Hillary and Obama approve of. They can’t help it. It’s their culture. It comes from the jungles of Africa. Everyone should turn their heads and forgive these wonderful people.

  • Dolores Adams

    What gives these thugs the right to loot stores after a black person got shot?
    This is uncalled for.

  • Rodney Steward

    All this was completely uncalled for, the police done their jobs and took out a thug, that probably saved future lives, and then the administration’s plan went into affect, make the law look unfit, but we all know what’s really unfit!

  • GrizzMann

    Arrested? Must have been a White or Muslim owned store? Muslims can sell booze, just not drink it, Camel urine on the other hand is Mohammad’s elixir.

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