An unarmed Black man who police shot has been vindicated through recently released video footage that shows he posed no threat when police fired on him at close range last year in Milwaukee. The release of the body cam video confirmed both that Jerry Smith Jr., 19 at the time, had his hands raised when he was shot and that police lied about the circumstances surrounding the shooting on a rooftop.
A private investigator working on behalf of the family of Smith, who was left paralyzed in one leg from the shooting, made the footage public last week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported last week.
“People just need to see this,” Daniel Storm said. Police “can buy toys and all the ice cream they want but until they’re held accountable, the black community will never trust a cop.”
According to the Journal Sentinel, “Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern concluded in June that Stahl and officer Melvin Finkley were justified in using deadly force because they believed Smith was armed or was reaching for a gun behind an air conditioning unit on the roof.”
But no gun was ever found — because there wasn’t one.
Smith ended has sued the city, police department and two officers involved, including Adam Stahl, the cop from whose body cam recorded the recently released footage.
The disturbing video can be viewed below. Please watch it with discretion.
The revelation was the latest black eye for a police department that has a very rich and recent history of brutality, especially toward Black people.
NBA player Sterling Brown was tased and arrested for a parking violation in January served as a recent wake-up call about the Milwaukee Police Department. Like Smith, Brown sued the police department, which later blamed him for his own arrest.
Milwaukee’s Black community members have protested for decades against police officers’ unfair, racist treatment, which was substantiated by the study, Urban Milwaukee reported. Protests grew when Dontre Hamilton, a Black man, was killed by officer Christopher Manney, who shot him 14 times on a park bench in 2014. The Justice Department didn’t charge Manney, who was only fired.
Also, the use of body cameras worn by Milwaukee officers has not reduced use-of-force incidents, according to a recently published Urban Institute study. Officers used force at roughly the same rates after they began testing cameras in 2013.
Milwaukee police also conduct more than three times the number of stops in primarily Black and Latino districts as in white districts, according to a study by the University Of Pennsylvania Law School Professor and Ph.D David Abrams published by the ACLU of Wisconsin in February. Black and Latino drivers there are more likely to be stopped and are more likely to be searched than white people.
54 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Willie McCoy, 201 of 54
2. Emantic "EJ" Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 212 of 54
3. Jemel Roberson, 26Source:false 3 of 54
4. DeAndre Ballard, 23Source:false 4 of 54
5. Botham Shem Jean, 26Source:false 5 of 54
6. Antwon Rose Jr., 17Source:false 6 of 54
7. Robert Lawrence White, 41Source:false 7 of 54
8. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24Source:Getty 8 of 54
9. Ramarley Graham, 18Source:Getty 9 of 54
10. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31Source:Getty 10 of 54
11. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 11 of 54
12. Wendell Allen, 20Source:Getty 12 of 54
13. Kendrec McDade, 19Source:Getty 13 of 54
14. Larry Jackson Jr., 32Source:Getty 14 of 54
15. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Getty 15 of 54
16. Jordan Baker, 26Source:Getty 16 of 54
17. Victor White lll, 22Source:Getty 17 of 54
18. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Getty 18 of 54
19. Eric Garner, 43Source:Getty 19 of 54
20. John Crawford lll, 22Source:Getty 20 of 54
21. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 21 of 54
22. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 22 of 54
23. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 23 of 54
24. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 24 of 54
25. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 25 of 54
26. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 26 of 54
27. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 27 of 54
28. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 28 of 54
29. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 29 of 54
30. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 30 of 54
31. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 31 of 54
32. Walter Scott, 50Source:Getty 32 of 54
33. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 33 of 54
34. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 34 of 54
35. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 35 of 54
36. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 36 of 54
37. Jamar Clark, 24Source:Getty 37 of 54
38. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 38 of 54
39. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 39 of 54
40. Gregory Gunn, 58Source:Getty 40 of 54
41. Akiel Denkins, 24Source:Getty 41 of 54
42. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Getty 42 of 54
43. Philando Castile, 32Source:Getty 43 of 54
44. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 44 of 54
45. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 45 of 54
46. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 46 of 54
47. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 47 of 54
48. Jordan Edwards, 15Source:Getty 48 of 54
49. Stephon Clark, 22Source:false 49 of 54
50. Danny Ray Thomas, 34Source:false 50 of 54
51. DeJuan Guillory, 27Source:false 51 of 54
52. Patrick Harmon, 5052 of 54
53. Jonathan Hart, 2153 of 54
54. Maurice Granton, 2454 of 54
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