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."
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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"My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to those injured and affected by the tragic act of violence this morning."