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Community activists, family of Sylville Smith “outraged” to learn new allegations against officer who shot and killed him

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MILWAUKEE -- Community activists and family of Sylville Smith are outraged to learn the officer who shot Smith, is accused of raping a man a day later.

Sylville Smith

Sylville Smith

During the public comment portion of Thursday night's Fire and Police Commission meeting, several people with ties to the Sylville Smith investigation spoke up, questioning why they're still waiting on the body camera footage to be released of Smith's shooting.

Meanwhile, the officer who shot him is now charged in a separate case.

"I'm busting with joy that this monster is off the streets," said Cynthia Greenwood, community activist.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

Thursday's news that the same Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith, is now charged with sexual assault in a separate case, comes with mixed emotions for many in the community.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

"I don't want nobody to think I'm satisfied with this. We are outraged that it finally took this to put this monster in jail," said Greenwood.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown is accused of raping a man on August 14th, the night after he shot and killed Smith while on duty near 44th and Auer. The shooting sparked violent protests that weekend near Sherman Park.

"He's victimizing people he's supposed to be protecting," said Thaddeus Ashford, Smith's cousin.

Thaddeus Ashford is Smith's cousin. He and the rest of the family have been pushing for Heaggan-Brown to be charged in connection with Smith's death -- and for the body camera footage of the incident to be released to the public.

"If he was held in custody, that same night of the killing of Sylville Smith, other people wouldn't be victimized," said Ashford.

Unrest in Sherman Park

Unrest in Sherman Park

The District Attorney's Office says it's still reviewing the case. The only recent update: a search warrant unsealed this week, giving authorities permission to go through Smith's cell phones as part of a drug investigation.

"We  hear more quickly about an unsealed warrant about someone who has been murdered by the police than we hear about someone who was supposedly sworn to uphold the law that has been an accused murderer and rapist," said Mary Watkins, community activist.

The DA's Office is reviewing the drug case involving Smith, but no charges have been filed.

The review of the officer-involved shooting is also ongoing -- and there is no time table for a decision.


  • James

    Honestly these people should hush. This man was in the right for shooting that guy. I would have too. But, this man is really a bad man for freakin on boys. That’s crazy.

  • Always Outspoken

    We ALL should be outraged to hear of these allegations being leveled at an officer in the MPD. What Brown is accused of doing is reprehensible – and absolutely unacceptable for a police officer.

    That being said, the charges really have absolutely nothing to do with the shooting of Sylville Smith. I myself will wait until seeing the police body cam footage of the chase and shooting before I pronounce my own judgement on the validity of the shooting – but these charges will not influence that decision.

    Nevertheless, I’m glad to see this guy removed from the police force and in jail where he belongs – and if it does turn out that the shooting was unjustified, he should spend the rest of his life there.

  • michaelwilliams851

    This is a Demon 👺 I don’t know how the shooting is going to come out but what a twist of circumstances . This Demon is going to Prison at least for the Rape but he will have a head start with Bubba !

  • confused

    “If he was held in custody, that same night of the killing of Sylville Smith, other people wouldn’t be victimized,” said Ashford. If Smith witnesses had come forward in his dismissed case, he too would have been in custody instead of running around with a STOLEN gun, allegedly (i haven’t seen the film) pointing it at cops.

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