According to the Wisconsin’s attorney general, the two body cameras which recorded the shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by an officer will be withheld until the trial comes to an end.
Currently, the State of Wisconsin is investigating the lethal shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith whose death sparked two nights of violence in the city of Milwaukee. The Black-dominated city came to a standstill on the night of Aug. 13 following the death of Smith. Some aggrieved protesters took to the street to protest which later turned bizarre after the demonstrators clashed with the police.
According to the CBS News report, there are no disparities in the two videos. Authorities indicated that Smith was holding a handgun pointed at the officer when he was shot.
Wisconsin’s Attorney General, Brad Schimel had stated that the footage will only be released to the general public after the court proceedings have ended. Schimel also indicated that authorities are analyzing both videos to ascertain the facts surrounding the incident.
Moreover, up until now, the officer responsible for the act has not yet been named by the police. Officials say they will keep his identity away from the public until the court verdict is out.
On the other hand, there have been some speculations about the identity of the police officer who shot Smith. Some people have identified him to be a 24-year-old patrol officer. According to some family members of Smith, the officer and the deceased knew each other.
The inception of body camera brought a little hope to the public; thinking that the barbaric acts committed by some officers will be brought to light and justice will be served. But unfortunately, the device seems not to change much in the current predicament of police brutalities.
More often than not, in the case of police violence, the body camera is intentionally switched off or doesn’t capture the real evidence. And if it did capture the incident, it is been held confidential. It seems when the evidence in the footage favors the officers, then it will be release but when it doesn’t, they are been kept away from the public.
So far as the introduction of the device came without any regulations by which officers are to be guided, it still leaves the issue of police brutality unsolved.
However, the judicial system seems to be more interested in protecting the officers than the helpless civilians.
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