Father of Sylville Smith, man killed by police: “When they see the wrong role model, this is what you get”

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MILWAUKEE -- The father of a man shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer Saturday afternoon, August 13th has identified him as 23-year-old Sylville Smith, as did Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn Sunday afternoon.

Court records show in February of 2015, Smith was charged with one felony count of first degree recklessly endangering safety and one misdemeanor count of possession of THC. The charges were dismissed by prosecutors in November.

In August of 2015, Smith was charged with felony intimidation of a witness/person charged/felony. That charge was dismissed by prosecutors in September.

In July of 2014, Smith was charged with carrying a concealed weapon -- a misdemeanor charge. He pleaded guilty in November, and was sentenced to serve one day in the House of Correction.

In July of 2013, Smith was charged with felony retail theft -- intentionally taking $500 to $5,000 as party to a crime. Prosecutors dismissed the charge in October.

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FOX6's A.J. Bayatpour spoke with Smith's father, Patrick on Sunday. He had this to say in the wake of the shooting of his son by Milwaukee police and the violence that followed:

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Sylville Smith

“What are we gonna do now? Everyone playing their part in this city, blaming the white guy or whatever, and we know what they’re doing. Like, already I feel like they should have never OK'd guns in Wisconsin. They already know what our black youth was doing anyway. These young kids gotta realize this is all a game with them. Like they’re playing Monopoly. You young kids falling into their world, what they want you to do. Everything you do is programmed. I had to blame myself for a lot of things too because your hero is your dad and I played a very big part in my family’s role model for them. Being on the street, doing things of the street life: Entertaining, drug dealing and pimping and they’re looking at their dad like 'he’s doing all these things.' I got out of jail two months ago, but I’ve been going back and forth in jail and they see those things so I’d like to apologize to my kids because this is the role model they look up to. When they see the wrong role model, this is what you get. They got us killing each other and when they even OK'd them pistols and they OK'd a reason to kill us too. Now somebody got killed reaching for his wallet, but now they can say he got a gun on him and they reached for it. And that’s justifiable. When we allowed them to say guns is good and it’s legal, we can bear arms. This is not the wild, wild west y’all. But when you go down to 25th and center, you see guys with guns hanging out this long, that’s ridiculous, and they’re allowing them to do this and the police know half of them don’t have a license to carry a gun. I don’t know when we’re gonna start moving. I’ve gotta start with my kids and we gotta change our ways, to be better role models. And we gotta change ourselves. We’ve gotta talk to them, put some sense into them. They targeting us, but we know about it so there’s no reason to keep saying it’s their fault. You play a part in it. If you know there’s a reason, don’t give in to the hand, don’t be going around with big guns, don’t be going around shooting each other and letting them shoot y’all cause that’s just what they’re doing and they’re out to destroy us and we’re falling for it," Patrick Smith said Sunday.

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Sylville Smith/Patrick Smith

Angry crowds took to the streets in Milwaukee on Saturday night/Sunday morning to protest the shooting death of Smith by a police officer hours earlier.

Protesters burned several stores and threw rocks at police in the city's north side. Smoke and orange flames filled the night sky.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Sunday afternoon there were six fires overnight -- at the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, O'Reilly Auto Parts at Fond du Lac and Burleigh, MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North and a second liquor store at 21st and Hopkins.

Seven squad cars were damaged. Eight rounds of gunfire struck a Bearcat vehicle being utilized by law enforcement.

Four officers were hurt -- three were struck by concrete and one was hit by flying glass.

Seventeen arrests were made overnight, and all of those arrested have prior criminal records.

Shot Spotter, MPD's "shots fired" technology was activated 48 times overnight. Police said a 16-year-old girl was struck by gunfire near 43rd and Burleigh.

Despite all this violence, there were no "use of force" incidents by MPD during the unrest.

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

The incident started Saturday afternoon when two officers stopped two people who were in a car in the north side, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

“I was advised it was a suspicious stop. This vehicle was behaving in a suspicious manner. It’s a rental car as it turns out. We’ve not ascertained its status as to whether or not it was lawfully rented or stolen,” Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after, both car occupants fled on foot as officers pursued them, police said.

During the chase, an officer shot one of the two -- 23-year-old Sylville Smith, who was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

"He (officer) ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."

Smith at the scene. It's unclear whether the second occupant of the car is in police custody.

Smith was shot twice -- in the arm and chest, the mayor said. His handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March, according to police.

Sylville Smith

Sylville Smith

Family members told FOX6 News Smith leaves behind a son and daughter.

"The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun," police said in a statement.

The officer, 24, was assigned to District 7 and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three of those as an officer.

He was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the district attorney's office.

Chief Flynn said Sunday the officer is African-American, and there are concerns for his safety.

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At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a body camera.

The body camera video is not being released at this point, as the investigation continues.

“A young man lost his life (Saturday) afternoon. No matter what, his family has to be hurting. There was a body camera the officer was wearing. The video will be under the jurisdiction of the state of Wisconsin. I have seen a still photo extracted from that video. That photo demonstrates, without question, that (Smith) had a gun in his hand. The police officer didn’t know it at the time, but there were 23 rounds in that gun. He had more bullets in his gun than the police officer had in his gun. What that police officer encountered was an individual who had a gun in his hand,” Barrett said.

“We’re going to have to weigh a couple different things. We have to weigh the public’s benefit. We have to weigh the rights of the officer involved. We have to weigh the concern that DCI has to have an investigation. I suppose there are people that would say we might have to protect a potential jury pool someday, I don’t know,” Flynn said.

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By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will lead the investigation.

As the chaos escalated overnight, authorities implored the crowds to disperse and go home. Some used social media to urge others to come out and take part in the protests, according to Barrett.

"If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.

The mayor said police presence would be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order. At least three people have been arrested, he said.

The shooting occurred near the scene of a double homicide that happened this month. In the related attacks August 9, a man was shot dead while another one was fatally stabbed, police said.

Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said. "I know this neighborhood very very well. And there are a lot of really really good people who live in this area -- in the Sherman Park area, who can't stand this violence."

At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted that they were restoring order and "reducing deployments."

Local officials planned to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.

On Sunday night, there will be 150 officers deployed as part of MPD's Major Incident Response Team. Chief Flynn said all officers will be hitting the streets in two-person patrol units.

Governor Scott Walker has activated the National Guard -- but Barrett said the National Guard would not be deployed unless Chief Flynn deemed it necessary. 125 members of the National Guard were headed to Milwaukee Sunday.


  • Teddy1

    What hoops? Showing an ID when you purchase a firearm from any party? I agree. One should not have to show photo ID when exercising a Constitutionally afforded right to people of age.

    • SAM

      A photo ID should be shown. It should also be shown to cast a vote. Most of the citizens of this Country have a state issued photo ID via a drivers license, so everyone should have one of some sort and present it for the Constitutional rights we have. This isn’t back in the day when the Country started. I’m in NO way suggesting taking away the 2nd Amendment. Reason, such as showing a photo ID to obtain a firearm, is peanuts. I had to show mine when I purchased mine. Everyone should have a legal state issued photo ID and need to use it to for the Constitutional rights of many of our rights. The Country has too many people for it not to be reasonable to require one.

      As far as this shooting, the father has it right on several points but SO wrong on others. It’s good to hear him take his responsibility for his life as far as being a poor role model. He’s completely wrong when saying cops are wanting to kill young black men. Some unfortunately may, but that can be taken care of. Most officers are trying to do the right thing and they have a right to go home to their family at the end of the day. There’s not enough info yet on definitely what happened here, which is a MAJOR problem in the black community. Ferguson is the best example and is what started this whole thing recently. The community made up lies and then burned the city down and THEN the facts came out during the investigation, which many still believe is a lie. The black community in urban areas gives no time for an investigation before they start burning their own cities to the ground. Personal responsibility………. start taking it one and all.

    • yakyakityyak

      The process to acquire a weapon varies from state to state. Some states, like where I live have procedures in place to make the process painful. First there is a cooling off period, so you don’t simply purchase a weapon and walk out the door with it. Then you must take your bill of sale to one window in one location in the city police system. Sometimes the line can be 50 to 75 long. The department has been doing this for a long time, and if they wanted to pretend to be user friendly, they’d provide quicker, more effective service. Once you pick up your weapon, then you have to make w return trip to the police department, stand in line again, fill out more paperwork, Last time I did it the second trip took 4 hours not counting drive time, parking some distance away because there is inadequate parking at the public facility. The process is an open FU to the public.

  • confused

    Steve, amen or whatever the politically correct things is. I actually laugh out loud when they show kids with signs-prison for me 80k and then same kid welfare and school @ a 2nd and up chance 30k. Sorry, way more then 30k. That 30k does NOT include $ damage that the victims of robberies, car jackings, lost time to go to court to testify, medical bills etc incurred by the victims that the victim has to pay. Wouldn’t you rather pay the 80k and be safe then 30k time and time again?

  • confused

    I noticed that too. Looks like the witnesses were too scared to show up. Without them, not enough evidence and the perp walks away. I’d be scared to wit as well. It’s a catch 22 cops cannot act until something happens and when it happens its too late. If you live you are too scared to testify because you know it will be worse cause perps get let out IF jailed/prisoned at all and then worse yet if they do get some time-they get let out by the POTUS, or good behavior as a prsioner down the road only to re-offend.

  • redsilver9499

    It’s not only in Milwaukee. It’s all around the Country likely. I’ve dealt with officers who said they waste their time all to often in my state with bringing in law breakers and then find out that prosecutors let the law breakers go with little if NO charges. The cops are tired of it all. There was no deterrent presented to this thug. I saw no deterrent for a white kid living in my neighborhood cause his Aunt kept bailing him out of jail for committing crimes. The cops get ticked off because they arrested him and he’s out on the street quickly and now the adult aged(28) KID is finally doing time. His Aunt got him at age 12. He was suspended from school within 4 months of starting and his Aunt never sent him back. She worked all week long and he was at home by himself….. causing mayhem everywhere. She didn’t do ANYTHING with him. She DID let him move in a GF when he was 16 and she was 15. The list is too long to list. It was ALL her fault. She never should have taken him in if she wasn’t going to be his guardian. She likely received money to house him, but that isn’t enough to RAISE him. Now he’s jailed for awhile. He’s old enough to take personal responsibility for himself, but he never was taught what personal responsibility was/is.

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  • Rebecca

    But those “thugs”. They were pure, precious souls at birth, full of potential to do good in whatever community they were born into.

    They Matter.
    Save Them.
    God, give them guidance.
    Let their daddies hear the words of this man.

    • Clem

      Those savages wet savages at birth and this as%*,¥ole died a feral jackal that learned to walk on his hind legs.
      Just curious, is pablum puke hard to clean up?

    • Rebecca

      I guarantee your life is crappy.
      You can’t have that kind of hate in you and be happy.
      Hide behind your keyboard with your feelings.
      Keep your dark hole at home.

  • Steve

    I am so sick and tired of hearing that whites want to kill all blacks and that they are “targeted “. It simply is not factual ! Until it is understood that behaviors & actions is what brings about their being shot, it will never change.

    • Cletus

      Sorry dude, I’m sure someone from Acorn or some other communist organization has this douc=^!~gs info so it’ll still vote

    • Rebecca

      This is the conversation is my house last night.
      Seems to me that the black community does not feel understood. If they did, just that, just feel understood- it would help the most.
      No one is allowing that to happen. The media is doing the opposite… Pissing all races off.
      White people do not understand what it feels like to be black. They seem to have it all and care nothing for black people and their struggles. Not ALL, but a lot of whites can’t understand living in poor black communities and trying to raise kids. Feed them, keep them safe, keep them caring about education, keep them focused on good role models, keep them away from gangs, drugs, etc.
      They just can’t. They don’t have similar experiences to use to understand.
      I wish SO much that blacks and whites would spend more time learning about where we’re coming from instead of making judgements based on our own life experiences.
      Black people just want their grievances HEARD and understood. White people enrage them because they can’t admit there’s a real problem in the black community that they can’t solve alone.
      White people keep hearing they’re to blame. But no one explains why. Tell us why. Just regular white people. Not politicians.

    • Rebecca

      and white people do not understand how black people feel targeted. Someone help us understand!!!!!!
      I think most feel that presence of police in black communities, the profiling that goes on, the police shootings are directly related to facts. They’re in the neighborhoods because that’s where the crimes are happening and ruining quality of life for others. The police are pulling over black people more often because…I don’t know why. Why? Because there’s a higher chance they have drugs in their car or something stolen, what?
      They are involved more police shootings because of how they respond when approached by officers.
      This is what most white people will say. This is what makes them less sympathetic. This is what also makes black people furious. Because we don’t understand something.
      But how could we? We have not lived it.
      (Huge generalizations here).
      The anger comes from not being understood.
      Someone, please, God, help us connect.

    • Rebecca

      Here’s a weird story I use to understand.
      I have wealthy white friends who complain about the size of their kitchen sink, the color of their new carpet, having a three year old car. While I’m trying to raise kids with no family or friends around and could care less about anything being new. Yet they think their problems are bigger and coukd care less about mine.
      I imagine that’s how black people feel. They THINK ALL white people gave it EASY. And we wonder what black people are complaining about.
      We don’t.
      Some might.
      But most don’t.
      And we don’t understand the plight of the black community because we aren’t being allowed to. It feels like.

    • Rag doll

      Sheriff David Clarke: Liberal politics and media fueled Milwaukee riots
      “Here are the facts: Milwaukee is run by progressive Democrats. Their decades-long Democrat regime has done nothing to reduce these urban pathologies, in fact, their strategies have exacerbated the situation by expanding the welfare state.That things have not improved and in fact worsened in the American ghetto after eight years of Barack Obama is remarkable only to those who have not been paying attention to our nation’s cities. There’s only one answer, which is for the citizens of America to expose and heap scorn on this lying and dangerous triad of big government, liberal mainstream media, and the lost souls of the urban ghettos both these institutions feed upon for their power.”
      Read on….http://thehill.com/blogs/pundi

    • Lamar Gokool

      Its hard to tell because some are upfront with their feelings while other are not. There is an actual fact in there and that is there IS(are) a LARGE group(s) of people out there who ARE out to get them, whether directly or indirectly.
      I used to think like you because I’ve known my share of ignorant people but I’ve been on the receiving end of some constitutional abatement so now I know better.

  • Jody

    We need a Sheriff David Clarke and Governor Scott Walker in every city and Tate in the union. Prayers for peace in Milwaukee.

  • Steven L Sparks

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions of the Black community to our society.

    Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.

    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people.

    Real estate values are fueled by the mix of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nature of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation

  • RedHot

    This is the first I’ve heard that the dead guy had the gun in hand.
    Why did it take them so long to get that out?

    But glad to see the “father” take a _little_ responsibility for screwing up his kid.

  • Rebecca

    absolutely ridiculous.
    We don’t strip down to our deepest secrets and regrets in front of the world for Go Fund Me. Not like he did.

    Hes being honest.
    I’m not naive.
    I have a heart I make sure to stay in touch with it.

    Far from naive.
    I always read ALL points of view. And keep my
    Mind open.
    If we don’t do that, tell me the point of taking up space on this planet.
    For yourself?

  • OMG

    If you, Rebecca, also paid attention you would also see the father is actually talking out of both sides of his mouth. First appearing to take responsibility for his non-existent parenting skills while simultaneously accusing White people of a massive conspiracy and being “out to destroy us.” He continues by claiming the police just happen to know who and who should not have a gun and refuse to do anything about it. Well genius, they can’t do anything because simply stopping to ask them those questions would constitute harassment or profiling, which is forbidden. Then, if by some miracle they can get this garbage off the street, our Mayor (who swore up and down he would do whatever it takes to lower the incarceration rates) and the D.A. (just re-elected by these same people) perform a “catch-and-release” for criminals in Milwaukee which not only lead to skyrocketing homicide and car-jacking rates in the city, but also to the miraculous release of Sylville earlier this year. He was caught red-handed and instead of doing their job, the mayor colludes with the DA to release this piece of garbage back into my community to run wild. So this poor excuse for a father is really claiming a vast, “white-wing” conspiracy and the police allowing young blacks to commit crimes as the reason for this event. Then, he caps the whole thing off by saying we should have never “Ok’d guns in Wisconsin” as if that is some minor law you can choose to pass or not pass, instead of, you know, a constitutionally protected RIGHT.

    • Rebecca

      I did.
      I paid very close attention.
      I heard every word he said.
      I’m Very familiar with law enforcement and their hands being tied when it comes to prosecution.

      My point it that he did take responsibility for failing his son. It’s a huge step forward and people should recognize that, period.

      The conspiracy he spoke of prompted me to spend time trying to learn where that kind of thinkkng would come from. Instead of just fuel hatred inside of my body.
      I can’t stand that feeling and I’m sick of it.
      So I’m trying to understand.
      He’s not lying.
      He believes that.


      I feel like it’s my responsibility to at least ASK that question and TRY to understand their perspective.

      Because if I dont do that my only other option is to feed the hate between our races.

      I HAVE to choose the former. I’m not here to be part of any problem and blindly proceed in my path with blinders on.
      I’m here to learn.
      And stay open enough that I can be of service while I’m here.

    • Libsareliars

      Gee Rebecca if this father truley cared about his kid where the hell was he all these years when he was getting in trouble with the law?? The guy had a felony record a mile long. Don’t give us this crap about hiding behind our keyboards. I have adult kids and they know what happens if they get in trouble with the law. They know the consequences if they break the law. Bad parents raise bad kids most of the time.

    • Rebecca

      And he acknowledged that.
      He admitted it.
      He took responsibility for the death of his child.

      He said in his own words “I was a bad parent and I raised a bad kid.”

    • Rebecca

      The person who commented about the feral jackal or whatever-
      He is hiding behind his keyboard.
      Hiding. Behind. His. Key. Boatd.

    • Clem

      Hey Becky, why not take a nice long walk in Medcalfe Park about midnight or so? Make sure you feed your unicorns before you do as tomorrow will find you in a dumpster graveyard dead.
      The National Guard will deal with another filth uprising

    • Rebecca

      You’re right. I am.
      Not even using my real name.
      I’m way too sensitive to have someone tell me i ride a unicorn to my face.
      So I like that I can comment here.

      I would never walk around a bad neighborhood.
      Feel lucky I wasn’t born in one like that. Very.

      Thanks for making me smile. You sound like my husband.

  • Em

    His kid did all of that and not a role model. He made the easy choice for himself and still someone else gets blamed. Whose role model is Sylville Smith? He must have young relatives who look up to him. He won’t be blamed in the future for being their role model for a life of crime. Someone else will and not themselves either. This is why some families have so many criminals, because they have elderly people as role models willing to blame other people for their own kids crimes.

  • phacepalm

    I will only believe him………… if he or his family don’t try & sue the city or anybody for that matter

    • Em

      I’d believe him if he spoke out against his relatives who are saying his son should have had tasers used on him rather than a gun. Blame blame blame. His son thought a gun was good enough for other people.

  • Em

    That “kid” was an adult and it was time for him to own his own life and everything he did during it. I bet his father had some pieces of work in his family but he’s not resting back on the failings of his own parents to blame them for how he turned out. The fact that his father also blames white people is missed by you.

  • Ronald L. Burcham

    “Despite all this violence, there were no ‘use of force’ incidents by MPD during the unrest.”

    Why would a police officer risk his career trying to stop these black criminal/hooligan/insurrectionist/revolutionaries from doing their thing? The policeman knows the race baiting political class and news media don’t have his back. In riot situations the police are damned if they do and damned if they don’t, ESPECIALLY if they are white. At one time looters were shot.

    The police should stop patrolling hostile black neighborhoods to protect the residents. THE RESIDENTS DON’T WANT THEM THERE. They should make an appearance and drive through as a visitor and not interfere with the killers and drug dealers. They shouldn’t stop even if hailed to do so. Pretend to not see.They mustn’t put their careers or their lives in jeopardy for the unappreciative blacks who will turn on them in a heart beat. Let them have what they want NO COPS, black or white, in their “hoods.”

    Law enforcement officers can save their careers and possibly their lives by patrolling the peaceful, appreciative working class neighborhoods where the law abiding black and white folks live. If there aren’t any law abiding neighborhoods in their city the police should stay in their cars or find a doughnut shop where they can avoid becoming a target, and, respond slowly to any dispatched call that might put them in a bad situation in the “hood.”. They should put in the time needed to to find a career in law enforcement elsewhere and move to a place their efforts will be appreciated in the suburbs or rural areas. They should get out of the hostile black areas.

  • MelissaK

    Thug daddy looks like a crackhead! These uncivilized, uneducated and unemployed animals kill EACH OTHER EVERY DAY/NIGHT, they burn down THEIR OWN neighborHOODS, and THEN, the blame the whites and the POLICE for THEIR crimes!? Please!!!! Let’s send them all back to Africa and be done with it. This is 100% ridiculous! Thanks forefathers. We should have picked our OWN COTTON!

    • Jae

      You do realize that it was a black police officer that shot this criminal? That kind of blows a hole in your stupid rant, and makes you look like a racist moron.

    • Learnsomething

      If your theiving forefathers wouldn’t have stolen land, you crackers wouldn’t have any cotton to pick. Learn your history. Whites do not belong to America just as much as any other race. Ignorant fool….

  • Scott

    Sigh, because everybody knows the best course of action before “reaching for your wallet” is to flee from police and to hold onto your weapon while running. We may be able to appreciate the fathers honesty, but his accountability and what he chooses to do to “be a role model” is now squarely in the public eye. If he has no interest in truly being a role model than these words are simply hollow and not honest. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Scott

    Completely agree. Why do bleeding heart judges continue to get pass after pass for their poor decisions? Why don’t they have to stand and explain to family members who lose loved ones regarding their decisions? Why do they continue to put police forces in no-win situations? How about they step up and take some accountability and change their behaviors?

    • Rick

      Prosecutors dropped the charges, not “bleeding heart judges”. That means either the officer was overzealous, or did not do his due diligence to obtain enough evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors are forced to drop their case when they know they can’t convict.

      What could point to was that Sylville was targeted and charged, but never actually broke any law. I’m skeptical of that, but when you have a guy who has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes, and almost all of them have been dismissed by PROSECUTORS, it is a huge sign. Plea bargains occur when prosecutors have enough to convict but agree to a lesser charge.

  • Had ENOUGH!

    Kudos to him taking some responsibility… though too late. Where was he when his son was busted for stealing.. or intimidating witnesses?

  • Lazier

    This dude is a moron. “They” didn’t do anything to you, nor is any targeting being done…YOU do it to yourselves! Blacks have received more “help” than any other minority group in this country so stop your whining and DO for yourselves! But no, you rob from your neighbors, pimp your women, shoot your brothers, and leave your kids hungry, living in squalor while you are out at the clubs. It’s YOU. Americans are tired of providing your massive roll of benefits while living in poverty themselves. YOU hate yourselves and project it onto those who have given to you. YOU vote for liberal losers who care nothing for you except allow you even more benefits to continue lives of disgrace. YOUR kids are dying in the streets and all you can do is destroy and blame white people, telling them they are racist. It’s all YOU!

    • Jimmy James

      “AJ comments are babble who talks like that.” Wow! Who writes like this?
      AJ comments are babble. Who talks like that?
      There, fixed it for you…

  • Mike

    That little thug boy who died looks like a confused transgender with his little pony tails and all that weird ink on his neck. Who’s he/she supposed to be emulating?

  • Sam Imam-Eli

    This father’s comments are a little misplaced but he’s not far from the truth about what need to be done. Better parenting, more intervention, and NOT what liberals say about more lenient sentencing because black lives do matter so let’s quit making thugs into victims and cops into criminals to advance a political ideology while innocent black people suffer.

  • Sam Imam-Eli

    I agree, this father is saying things that MUST be said or the killing will never stop. I think he’s a little inaccurate in his overall assessment but respect him for speaking out about the role of parents in our communities.

  • Terry J Anderson

    Agree completely. Had the authorities done their jobs, this young man would be in jail, and alive. Instead he got released, his behavior got worse, and there were no repercussions until he was shot and killed in what appears to be a justifiable shooting by MPD. When will everyone understand that we are doing nobody any favors by allowing them to break laws and not be held accountable. When will these thugs understand that when a cop says stop, you better stop and comply immediately!

  • Tony

    Well, The father is half right. He is a terrible role model and needs to change that. The cops aren’t targeting them because of color. The cops go after them because they break the law and act like idiots.

  • confused

    So pops admits he done wrong by his boy, but it’s still white people’s fault. As far as the gun thing? what?? very confused ramble. It sounds like he was kind of ok that thugs, felons, kids could illegally have guns but it was wrong for CC? He makes it sound like anyone with CC is going to shoot people for no reason. CC is a blessing. You cannot do as much saving your life tossing a roll of toilet paper as you can 1 in the chest 1 in the head. CC people are not the ones shooting up buildings, cars and people each night in Milwaukee. It’s the people who aren’t supposed to have guns in the 1st place.

  • Fungirl91

    One problem is the rehabilitation process, when the suburban kids get in trouble…be it drugs, guns, rape they get the chance for rehabilitation. But, when a inner-city kids get in trouble…be it drugs, guns, rape they get juvenile detention. Let the crime fit all communities, then perhaps we will treat these behavior problems as a human problem. There’s a lot of money in locking up inner-city kids. Do your research and see how many people are getting paid off black crime.

    • Josh

      What a crock. Go back and listen to Sheriff Clarke’s press conference where he goes over the previous criminal records of Sylville and the guy that was with him. They both had been engaged in serious crimes and got very very light sentencing. A slap on the wrist. Which sent them the message that crime pays. Leniency is the last thing they need. They need to have the hammer dropped on them hard.

    • Santino

      Yea I’m sorry…. Sell crack in the Suburbs and see where you end up. I think your getting Suburbs confused with famous millionaires. If you have millions then you can do what you want. (Hillary Clinton) cough!

  • Jason

    Rehab starts at home. That’s the job as a parent. It’s not the job of the government to raise your child.

  • Russ Frame

    Sorry but it isn’t a gun problem your son STOLE the gun he had! Respect for admitting this is a lot your fault and I pray that you get your act together and pay it forward. You owe civilization a huge debt.

  • Jay ND

    Sorry Hard to believe “23 years old is a “kid” What a BS narrative! Thug street criminal with a gun put down by a police officer with a gun and the good guy won! Period. No other thought process should be entertained! Liberals/ progressives/ communists/ democrats can not justify race in this – Race Baiters and outright BLACK Racist!

  • Rebecca

    Uninformed about America’s history.
    That’s half the problem.
    School taught us lies.
    Black slaves were the foundation of our country. None of the immigrants would have lasted a day without them.
    That’s a ridiculous statement. We were Built on their backs.

  • phacepalm

    The good hard working black folks need to SOME HOW separate themselves from the non- working, drug dealing, illegal gun carrying & blame every one else thugs & the thug mentality. These LAME ASS JUDGES need to put these young & old terrorist thugs in prison & keep them there! The thugs are winning at the moment & in the process are making you all look bad. You can be proud African Americans & have a safe community.This is not an easy nor perfect solution, but I think this could be a good start.

  • TJ Cooper

    The father displayed more wisdom and intelligence in his comments than all of the liberal racist apologist and MSM combined.

    And its barely reported, I found 2 articles

  • Jim Samples

    Yes FOOL you’re allowed to own and carry a gun. But you’re NOT allowed to point it at cops or shoot other people!
    What the FK is wrong with your brain that you don’t understand that?

  • Dave Roberts

    Finally one of the parents who “gets it” (what the rest of us see) I feel for this father because I know he must be struggling internally with his loss and what he contributed as a role model to his son’s decision making.

  • harry

    I knew this was going to happen eventually. The city is a piece of crap. WIsconsin is a terrible state and its not going to get any better. Heres a honest list of why this state is garbage. Lenient drunk driving laws, lenient sentences for juveniles, 8th most dangerous city in America, high poverty, ranked 36 in job creations, 4th most poorest city in America, highly segregated, a carjacking epidemic (mostly by juveniles), 1 Billion deficit for road construction, stupid spending (BUCKS arena and trolley), dumb Mayor Barrett, and a governor who cant even balance his own finances. WORST CITY IN AMERICA. REGRET MOVING TO THIS DUMP.

  • Jackson1961

    Smith’s father: “They got us killing each other”
    Sorry guy, you’re still missing the personal responsibility boat – your years of socialist indoctrination by the Democratic Party of America, still has you denying what you’re responsible for. Nobody’s got you killing each other, except yourselves and the lack of dignity and value you put on human life. You kill babies like they’re disposable. You kill your neighbors like they’re less valuable than chickens. You kill the elderly because you’re too lazy to get a job to help pay for their health insurance. You kill the disabled because you would rather not work and stay at home on the couch than help pay for their healthcare. You’re selfish and you’re amoral and you’re always blaming others for your lack of productivity. It is your fault, your world is the way it is. And what will you do when we have an election come up? You’re vote for the one pimp who promises to leave your decadent world undisturbed. Insane.

  • phacepalm

    I am willing to bet this family of thugs are behind the recent death threats against that officer defending himself from sylvie.

  • MikeHunt

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the
    many great contributions of the Black community to our society. Their peaceful
    and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their
    exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.
    Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an
    example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Their adherence to
    the laws of the land and upright moral codes bring a swift decrease in
    neighborhood crime rates. Real estate values are fueled by the influx of African
    Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these
    communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for
    self improvement by hard work and self-reliant can-do attitude. Without their
    industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation. I am sure the
    murdering of innocent Police Officers, rioting, looting, burning and civil
    unrest is just a fluke.

  • relating

    We need biblical moral instructions for over several decades starting now back in our schools. WE would not have had so much looting and burned down stores in Milwaukee if those doing the looting had been taught from their early childhood to keep in mind the following instructions of human behavior from Jesus Christ: to abstain from hating anyone, to abstain from killing other people, to abstain from practicing sexual perversity, to abstain from stealing, to abstain from making false accusations against any other person, to be proactive in dealing with their father and mother in an honorable way and being proactive in loving all other people as they love themselves. Moral values don’t come by evolution into the minds of members of society. We need to teach those values to kids and give proper credit to Jesus and His early followers in the same way that we teach relativity in a Physics class and give proper credit to Einstein.

  • Z

    Just reading what the moron father said made me feel less intelligent.

    If the rest of the black community are anything like him, it’s no wonder it’s so screwed up.

    • Ralph E.

      No, we’re not, actually. But it’s people like you who make generalizations that continue in aiding along racism from whole communities of people who’ve never met a single black person.

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