Milwaukee Imposes Curfew to Quell Rioting Sparked By Police Shooting

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) -
A burned down liquor store is seen after disturbances following the police shooting of a man in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
A burned down liquor store is seen after disturbances following the police shooting of a man in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

The city of Milwaukee imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on Monday in an attempt to quell rioting that erupted the previous two nights in response to the police shooting of an armed black man in one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Mayor Tom Barrett also renewed his call for state officials to release a video of the Saturday night shooting in hopes it convinces angry protesters that deadly force against Sylville K. Smith, 23, was justified.

“There is a curfew that will be more strictly enforced tonight for teenagers,” Barrett told a news conference. “So parents, after 10 o’clock your teenagers better be home or in a place where they’re off the streets.”

Milwaukee has become the latest American city to be gripped by violence in response to police killings of black men in places such as Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 and Baltimore last year.