Ex police officer from Milwaukee pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

Police officer Dominique Heaggan Brown

Former Police Officer

Police Officer –  Ex police officer Dominique Heaggan Brown from Milwaukee, Wisconsin refused his right to a preliminary hearing this friday. Dominique is believed to have fatally shot a black man during a routine traffic stop. Because the former police officer waived his right to a preliminary hearing the footage of the body camera of Dominique Heaggan Brown won’t be shown to the public.

Dominique’s attorney, Steven Kohn, waived the hearing and pled not guilty to the felony charge of homicide for his client. Commissioner Barry Phillips Forced Heaggan to go to trial during the proceeding, which lasted not much longer than five minutes.

Sylville Smith Fatal victim Police officer Dominique Heaggan BrownDominique Heaggan Brown was charged last week for the homicide on the 23-year-old Sylville Smith back in August of this year. The criminal complaint, which states that Heaggan Brown fired the fatal shot even though the victim sylville Smith was unarmed, is based on footage from the body cameras that Heaggan Brown and his partner at the scene were wearing during the incident.

Routine traffic stop

According to the criminal complaint, Heaggan Brown, stopped Sylville Smith’s car on August 13. Smith decided to run away, and Heaggan Brown and his partner decided to chase . The complaint says body camera footage showed Smith was carrying a gun in his hand while he was running.

Smith then fell to the ground, got up and raised his gun at police officer Heaggan Brown. Heaggan Brown fired and hit’s Smith in the arm. Smith then threw his gun over a nearby fence. Former police officer Dominique told state troopers the gun flew out of Smith’s hand, because of the shot to his arm.

Heaggan Brown then shot Smith in the chest — both of the shots were fired within a matter of seconds. Heaggan Brown told investigators he thought Smith was reaching for his waistband, the video confirms that Smith was reaching for his waistband after the second shot but the documents also state that he was unarmed at that time.


The shooting sparked two nights of total riot on the streets of Milwaukee’s predominantly black north side. Demonstrators burned six buildings that housed companies to the ground and destroyed a squad car. Police officers and riot agents who tried to control the situation got bombarded with rocks and bottles. One man was shot but managed to survive.

Victim’s Brother

Sedan Smith, Sylville Smith’s brother, said  that he wished Chisholm would have played the footage from the body camera’s of the two officers.

The public needs to see what type of police officers we have out on our streets. The second shot wasn’t an act of fear or self-protection. If you take your time to shoot someone again, there’s a thought that goes into that. That’s execution.


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