The Black Lives Matter movement and other social activists have advocated vociferously for police officers to where bodycams. It serves as a potential way to crack down on police brutality and overreach. But one incident has proven their strategy isn’t as squeaky clean as they thought it would be.
Milwaukee continues to devolve into worse and worse rioting after the death of an African American man at the hands of a police officer. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett confirmed to the media the bodycam footage of Sylville K. Smith, the man who died, showed Smith holding a handgun and refusing to drop it after officers insisted he do so.
Barret said at a WIS TV news conference,
“I want our community to know that. A young man lost his life yesterday afternoon. And no matter what the circumstances are, his family has to be hurting.”
He also confirmed the officer who killed Mr. Smith was African American as well. Which puts a kink into the systemic racism argument. Since this was a black on black incident. Which makes the Black Lives Matter rioting simply look politically directed and motivated and lacking in rational thought and fact.
Activists wanted bodycams and they got it and it showed the African American man holding a gun and refusing to drop. It also showed Smith and a male friend running a traffic stop while the officers life was in danger. Despite these facts rioters continue to burn the city down as it becomes more and more dangerous. The governor even called the national guard in order to quell the dangers arising.
Unfortunately, their is no reasoning behind the rioting. This is a clear cut case of a criminal who refused to obey the orders of law enforcement. But the community is to enraged to see it.