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Officer Hospitalized After Being Attacked With Brick

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke requested assistance from the National Guard after violence erupted in the city on Aug. 13 following an officer-involved shooting.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Major General Donald Dunbar were both consulted before Clarke made the request, WISN reports.

An officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of a 23-year-old man incited the violence in the city. It occurred during a traffic stop, when two people ran from the car pulled over by police. A 24-year-old officer with six years of experience on the force shot the victim during a foot chase. The semiautomatic handgun the 23-year-old suspect had was stolen in a burglary in March, according to Capt. Mark Stanmeyer.

As violence erupted on the streets, an officer was hit by a brick and taken to the hospital for treatment. Additionally, several squad cars were damaged, two bus stop shelters were thrown into the street and six business and at least one car were set on fire.

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Fires at a BP gas station, Jet Beauty Supply store, O’Reilly Auto Parts store and a BMO Harris Bank location were reported at around midnight. Blocks away from those businesses, a supermarket was said to be on fire at around 1 a.m. Shortly after 2 a.m., reports of a burning liquor store were made.

Police made reports of gunfire at different times throughout the night, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“We cannot allow for a repeat of what happened last night. I am going to utilize all available resources to accomplish that," Clarke said of calling in the National Guard, according to WISN.

There have been at least three arrests made, according to Mayor Tom Barrett.

A call for protestors was made on social media, which resulted in at least 800 people taking to the streets at some point in the night.

"If you love your son, if you love your daughter, text them, call them, pull them by ear and get them home," Barrett asked of protesting children’s parents.

The man who was killed in the officer-involved shooting reportedly had a lengthy arrest record. The other man who ran from the officer was taken into custody.

"That officer had to make a split-second decision when the person confronted him with a handgun," Milwaukee Police assistant chief Bill Jessup said. "This is a risk they take every day on behalf of our community."

A family member of the victim pleaded with people to stop the violence.

“We don’t want anyone else to go to jail or get hurt,” the woman said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The officer has been placed on administrative duty while the incident is investigated by the department and then reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

Sources: WISN, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Photo Credit: Calvin Mattheis/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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