MILWAUKEE — An uneasy calm blanketed the city of Milwaukee Sunday morning after a night of violence that saw businesses burn, cars overturned, windows shattered, and according to reports police were fired upon and squad cars destroyed. Milwaukee is no stranger to minority uprising, Milwaukee was once one of the most segregated cities in the nation. On July 30, 1967, riots broke out in Milwaukee after police attempted to stop fights at a downtown entertainment spot. Mayor Henry Maier declared a state of emergency and asked the governor to call out the National Guard. Eight days later, four people were dead and more than 1,500 had been arrested. That event was a turning point in the civil rights movement according to www.wisconsinhistory.org.
Protesters and officers continued to clash throughout the night after a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed an armed suspect during a foot chase. After a long confrontation with officers, police reported that a gas station was set on fire, and police said firefighters initially could not get close to the blaze because of gunshots. (which Were actually in the Trunk of a police car that was on fire See the Video Below)
Amateur footage capture’s what appears to be a shoot out between police and rioters.
From on the Scene, an Angry Crowd in Milwaukee rioted after police shot and killed a 23 yr old armed man.
The businesses that burned included a BMO Harris branch, a BP gas station, an O’Reilly Auto Parts store and a beauty supply store. Firefighters held back from the gas station blaze because of gunfire.
Barrett said the officer was wearing a body camera. Officers captured the other suspect after the shooting, according to police.
Over 100 people demonstrated near the scene of the shooting in protests that started out peaceful, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The protest devolved even after a woman who identified herself as a family member of the dead man asked everyone to leave.