'Black power' riots continue in Milwaukee

Police shooting of armed man in Milwaukee prompts race riot, lynch mobs targeting whites.

David Rosenberg, | updated: 10:45

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Tensions flared in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, after Sylville Smith, a 23-year old career criminal with a long list of prior arrests, was shot and killed by police. Milwaukee police say Smith was carrying a stolen pistol at the time of the shooting.

The violence continued a second day, with hundreds of rioters facing off against police Sunday night.

Rioters hurled stones and bottles at the officers, and at least one person was shot during Sunday’s unrest. Police were forced to use an armored vehicle to retrieve the wounded man, Fox News, reports.

While the details of the shooting are as of yet unknown, members of the Black Lives Matter movement quickly organized protests in northern Milwaukee, which quickly devolved into race riots explicitly targeting whites.

Four police officers were wounded in the course of Saturday’s riots, CNN reports, and a number of businesses and private vehicles torched by rioters. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says 17 people were arrested during Saturday night’s rioting.

Videos of the rioting reveal something closer to a lynch mob than a political protest, with explicit calls to kill whites and chants of “black power”.

Participants in the riot blocked traffic to inspect passing cars, and can be heard asking “is they white?”, prompting another rioter to answer “Yeah they white, get their ass!”.

“They beating up every white person,” another rioter can be hard saying. “He white, beat his head”.

In addition to a number of private vehicles and other businesses set on fire, a local BP gas station was also torched. A number of police cars were also destroyed. One police officer inside a squad car suffered a head injury when rioters smashed the windshield.

Mayor Barrett told reporters that rioters had lit fires in a number of locations around northern Milwaukee, destroying, among other things, an auto parts store and a BMO Harris bank.

Family members of the man whose death sparked the rioting appealed to rioters to end the violence.

“Don’t bring that violence here,” said one of Smith’s sisters.

One City Alderman, Khalif Rainey, suggested the rioting raised legitimate issues, though he refused to condone the violence.

“The black people of Milwaukee are tired,” he said, “they are tired of living under this oppression, this is their life.”




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