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Sen. LaTonya Johnson Statement on Verdict in Fatal Shooting of Sylville Smith

"Today, I urge Milwaukee to support Sylville’s family by remembering his life through peaceful, non-violent acts that strengthen our community."

By - Jun 21st, 2017 04:00 pm

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin State Senator LaTonya Johnson (D – Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding the acquittal of a police officer in the fatal shooting of Sylville K. Smith in Milwaukee last August:

“I know that today’s verdict will elicit deep-seated pain, despair, and sadness for the family of Sylville Smith and many others throughout our community. I share my community’s frustration and continue to be saddened by the tragic loss of life and lack of justice we are all too familiar with in Milwaukee.

“Today, I urge Milwaukee to support Sylville’s family by remembering his life through peaceful, non-violent acts that strengthen our community. Moving forward, we must keep our focus on healing and building each other up and avoid actions that cause us any additional grief, damage, or pain.”

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3 thoughts on “Sen. LaTonya Johnson Statement on Verdict in Fatal Shooting of Sylville Smith”

  1. Ben says:

    Pretty sure justice was served.

    That family will get what it really wants though….to get paid. Hence the civil suit….it was already filed before the verdict, so don’t go saying they are doing it only to get justice.

  2. Vincent Hanna says:

    Yes I’m sure they are thrilled that he is dead and the officer was acquitted. I won’t go saying they are doing it only to get justice if you agree to avoid acting like you know them and what their true motives are.

  3. AG says:

    Ben, Sylville’s death wasn’t justice. It may have been justified, but that is not the same thing. This isn’t North Korea.

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