Lawsuit follows acquittal of ex-officer in Milwaukee shooting

Lawsuit follows acquittal of ex-officer in Milwaukee shooting

Defense attorneys argued Heaggan-Brown had to act quickly to defend his life and that of another officer. As they exited their squad auto, Mr. Smith, who was armed with a handgun, darted away and ran into a yard with a chain-link fence. Meanwhile in OH, a jury continues to deliberate in the trial of Ray Tensing, a University of Cincinnati cop who shot and killed an unarmed motorist in 2015.

Heaggan-Brown shot Smith twice on August 13 after a routine traffic stop. An official from Milwaukee County's medical examiner's office said that the second shot traveled through Mr. Smith's heart and lung and was "not survivable".

The entire episode lasted about 12 seconds. The videos show that Heaggan-Brown fired two shots.

The defense had maintained Heaggan-Brown fired the second shot because of a "one-plus rule" he learned in his training.

Heaggan-Brown and his former partner, Ndiva Malafa, pulled Smith and another man over on August 13 at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Patrick Haynes reacted outside the courthouse in Milwaukee where Dominique Heaggan-Brown had just been found not guilty in Smith's death.

Prosecutors said that Heaggan-Brown's first shot was reasonable, his second was not, as he no longer had any reason to fear for his life.

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The ruling follows Friday's acquittal of Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile, whose dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook.

"A gunfight doesn't end until the threat is stopped", he said.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, left, and Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Lindsay, right, speak with Heaggan-Brown attorney Steven R. Kohn, center, speak before a verdict was read in former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown's trail in Milwaukee County Court on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Milwaukee. Police officers are trained to expect suspects to have more than one weapon.

Smith then fell to the ground and was unarmed, but Heaggan-Brown fired a second shot at Smith's chest, according to the criminal complaint.

Chisholm said the case was the rare one that he felt "very strongly" he could charge and prove, aided greatly by video from body cameras worn by Heaggan-Brown and his partner. That shooting also took place in the summer of 2016. Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency and activated the state National Guard.

Heaggan-Brown was sacked two months following the shooting after he was charged in an unrelated sexual assault, but the jury heard nothing about the other case. He said it was important for the community, through the jury, to make the decision.

Judge Jeffrey Conen had instructed the jury of nine women and three men to consider lesser charges in the reckless homicide trial but Heaggan-Brown was cleared of all counts. He is expected to face a jury trial in August.

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