National Guard put on standby after violence in USA city of Milwaukee

National Guard put on standby after violence in USA city of Milwaukee

National Guard put on standby after violence in USA city of Milwaukee

Walker announced the move after he said he received a request from the Milwaukee County Sheriff, David Clarke, and spoke to city mayor Tom Barrett. "I join Milwaukee's leaders and citizens in calling for continued peace and prayer".

Though he can't comment on specific plans concerning the possible employment of units, Thompson says, "Working with the Executive Office and civil authorities is an ongoing process and that the Wisconsin National Guard stands ready to support civilian law enforcement, if called upon".

The dead man was identified by his mother as Sylville Smith, 23. "Rectify this immediately", said Rainey, who represents the area where the man was shot, according to the Journal Sentinel. Online court records showed a range of charges against Smith, many of them misdemeanors.

The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed on the developments Sunday morning by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. Darlene Rose, 31, said she understands the anger that fueled the violence, but that it doesn't help. "I am going to utilize all available resources to accomplish that".

Three protesters were arrested in the violence.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret described the scene of the riots which led to civilians taking to the streets to assault police officers, burn vehicles and loot neighborhood stores as "unlike anything I have seen in my adult life".

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said 17 people had been arrested, while four police officers were treated for injuries and released.

"Now this is a warning cry", he added. "Where do we go as a community from here?" Almost 40 percent of Milwaukee's 600,000 residents are black, and heavily concentrated on the north side. The shooting will be examined by state investigators, he said. The officer then proceeded to shoot the suspect twice - once in the arm and once the chest - Barrett said.

After the shooting crowds gathered and turned violent during the night in the Sherman Park neighbourhood of the U.S. midwestern city, which mayor Tom Barrett described as "unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city".

Police said earlier that the handgun he was carrying had been stolen during a burglary in March.

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The mayor told the news conference that Smith did not drop the gun as ordered before he was shot.

The 24-year-old officer was put on desk duty. The officer has reportedly been with the Milwaukee department for six years, three of which he spent as an officer.

About 100 protesters had gathered for a demonstration Saturday evening when violence broke out.

The crowd threw stones at police, set fire to a fuel station and there were reports of gunshots, according to the Milwaukee Police Department's Twitter account.

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