Milwaukee Officer And Suspect Went To Same School

| by Nicholas Roberts
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The Milwaukee man who was shot and killed by a police officer -- sparking a night of protests and riots -- reportedly had a previous connection to the officer who shot him.

According to Sylville Smith's sister, Sherelle Smith, the officer -- who has not yet been named due to threats against him -- went to the same high school as Smith, WITI reports.

The two men both went to Pulaski High School and were close in age -- Smith was 23 while the officer was 24, the Leader-Telegram reports.

"The boy knew my brother personally from high school. They knew each other. You knew exactly how my brother was and you shot and killed him," said Sherelle.

According to law enforcement, Smith was fleeing a traffic stop, armed with a handgun, when he was shot by the officer. Smith's death is being investigated.

Sherelle said she is skeptical of the investigation in an interview with WITI.

"If my brother did have his gun in his hand, why he didn't shoot back? If he's gonna go out, why not go out with a fight? Why not go out with a big bang?"

Sherelle said she condemned the violence and looting that occurred in the wake of her brother's shooting.

"Violence is never the key though, I'm not saying that. I don't want anyone to be violent."

She also said she wishes others would try to understand where she was coming from.

"I invite any color, any gender, any race, any age to come have fun with us. Come to our parades or come support our barbecues or our rallies or our stop the violence things, you know. It seems like we're so segregated. And it's for nothing. It's for nothing."

Sources: Leader-Telegram, WITI / Photo credit: Mike De Sisti/Journal Sentinel

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