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Who is Dominique Heaggan-Brown? FOX6 Investigators found he had “a lot to prove”

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MILWAUKEE -- Since the unrest in Sherman Park, FOX6 News has been looking into the backgrounds of Dominique Heaggan-Brown and Sylville Smith -- and claims they knew each other prior to the shooting.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

Heaggan-Brown grew up in Milwaukee's central city. Police sources the FOX6 Investigators have spoken with say everyone there knows him. But a Twitter account FOX6 News discovered around the time of the shooting shows he is unlike most police officers you've seen before.

He's a young, heavily tattooed black male -- bragging about getting wasted and blowing money at strip clubs and casinos. He's also a Milwaukee police officer.

Heaggan-Brown was first appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department as a police aide in 2010 -- and became a probationary police officer in 2013. His probationary period was extended for 97 days in 2014. It is not clear why.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

Dominique Heaggan-Brown

A Twitter account Heaggan-Brown used from 2012 to 2014 shows the aspiring cop felt he had "a lot to prove" -- that "the dope game" wasn't for him. Instead, he was "chasing a career and a degree."

But during Heaggan-Brown's time as a police aide, he also tweeted about "thug love," getting high and having sex with someone else's girlfriend.

In January 2013, Heaggan-Brown wrote the following:

"if your not comfortable with a pistol, its not worth having it, so use it play wit err chance u get so when its time u ready."

And in the next month, Heaggan-Brown tweeted this:

"karma comes quicker for a [racial slur] on the other side of the gun."

Heaggan-Brown's Twitter account remained active and open to public viewing until shortly after the shooting of Sylville Smith. Just hours after we brought the page to the attention of Milwaukee police, it was taken down.


  • Even Steven

    Is this an article or an editorial? There are some subjective statements in this piece. He is “unlike any police officer you’ve seen before”? Because he has tatoos, talks about guns and brags about sex? Actually, that’s pretty much every police officer that I have personally known. And I find it interesting that, yet again, you have pulled up – not evidence- but photos that label him as a black male with “thug” looks in your media indictment of him. I don’t like this man. I have questions about his behavior in the shooting. But his tattoos, his description of attempts to overcome a difficult past, and his appearance HAVE NOTHING TO DO with whether he was a protector and a murderer that day. Stop perpetuating stereotypes and segregating mindsets in our city.

  • confused

    So who was the gentleman from Milwaukee who said Milwaukee needs a certain % of -he didn’t say thug like but it was implied-cops? When all the rioting was going on ? Well, here you go. And he still did his job on August 13th. While living a thug-like lifestyle, off duty. So it doesn’t seem to matter color, background or life style, most cops will still do their job when it comes down to it. A runner with a gun, aimed at officer gets you shot. (allegedly i haven’t seen the video)Turns out gun was stolen. No matter who you hire for a cop most will DO their job. If you want felons, criminals, thieves, carjackings, illegal guns being used, you will have to have no cops at all. And don’t bother whining when you get jacked, robbed or your kid gets shot .

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