Gun In Hand: Man killed by Milwaukee police had lengthy record


It is ashamed that the media does their best to stir controversy throughout our police system, the man that was shot dead by the Milwaukee police officer was just recently charged for a shooting that took place last year.

Sylville Smith, 23, had his gun drawn at police officers and refused to drop the gun after many verbal attempts to disarm the man. The gun was loaded and had 23 rounds in it. Not only was this man a known thug in his area, he also had quit a few arrest records.

According to the Journal Sentinel, ”

Smith had been in trouble with the law dating back at least to 2011, according to arrest records released by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday. He was arrested or ticketed nine times in that period — for the shooting, a robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, theft, possession of heroin and more. His most recent arrest was July 22 for possession of cocaine, records show.

Last year, Smith was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety and with witness intimidation, but the charges were dismissed, court records show.

The charges were dropped even though the prosecutors had recorded jail calls in which Smith asked his girlfriend to pressure the victim to recant, according to court records.

In the witness intimidation case, Smith was accused of pressuring the victim in a shooting to recant a statement identifying him as the suspect, according to the criminal complaint.

That case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing because the alleged victim reversed himself and he was, in fact, not intimidated by Smith, contrary to the allegations in the complaint, Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said Sunday in an email.”