A 10 p.m. curfew has been imposed on the population of Milwaukee in an effort to quell the rioting that has engulfed the city for the past two nights.
According to Reuters, Mayor Tom Barrett set the curfew up in an attempt to keep the streets clear, following the violent and fiery protests after an armed 23-year old Sylville K. Smith was shot in an altercation with police.
“There is a curfew that will be more strictly enforced tonight for teenagers,” Barrett told a news conference. “So parents, after 10 o’clock your teenagers better be home or in a place where they’re off the streets.”
On the first night of protests, six businesses were set aflame, gunshots were fired, four officers were injured police cars were damaged and seventeen people were arrested before the streets calmed down.
On the second night, Governor Scott Walker activated the National Guard and dispatched police in riot gear, with damages ranging from three police squad cars, four injured officers, one civilian with a gunshot wound and fourteen arrests.
The recent shooting raises interesting factors that are often absent from similar events, such as the officer and suspect being of the same race and the suspect being armed.
The Mayor would like to see the video footage released as soon as possible in order to show the public the police account was, in fact, correct.
“I want the video released. … I’m going to urge that it be released as quickly as possible,” said Barrett.
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