Although the rioting has subsided in Milwaukee after a 23-year-old armed black man was shot and killed by a law enforcement officer, threats against the cop, who is also black, are on the rise.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that as of Tuesday at least 3,000 death threats were made against the 24-year-old patrolman they believed fatally shot Sylville Smith. A photo of the officer also has been made public.
“Now y’all see his face if he’s seen anywhere in the city drop him,” one comment read, according to the Journal Sentinel. Another urged people to “shoot him right in his head.”
Both protesters and threat-makers alike might want to consider the race of the officer.
When one person replied to one of the threatening posts that the officer was black and cautioned that such threats could lead to an arrest, he was told that although “black lives matter,” the statement doesn’t apply to black police officers.
Another’s reply said it best: “‘Thug Lives’ matter.”
A majority of posts gave the officer’s name as Dominique Heaggan, and some even included his home address. Multiple sources said Smith and Heaggan knew one another from the neighborhood, according to the Journal-Sentinel.
Police Chief Edward Flynn confirmed to the paper that he was aware of the threats — both against Heaggan and the department in general — and that the officer was staying out of town with relatives for the time being.
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