Sherelle Smith, sister of the Milwaukee shooting victim that sparked city-wide riots, has called for protesters to take their violence out of the city and into the suburbs (video below).
On August 13, protesters began their clash with police when they set one squad car on fire and broke the windows of another, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rioters took to nearby businesses and set fire to a gas station, a supermarket and a liquor store.
The protests were in response to the police shooting of Sylville K. Smith, a 23-year-old black man who was shot while fleeing from the police. After being pulled over for driving a suspicious vehicle, Smith and another individual fled the vehicle leading to a foot-chase with police.
Smith ran to a fenced yard and turned toward police, allegedly with a gun in his hand. He was shot and died at the scene. The police chief notes that there was no evidence that indicated Smith actually discharged his weapon.
"That officer had to make a split-second decision when the person confronted him with a handgun," said Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup, according to WISN. "This is a risk they take every day on behalf of our community."
Hours later, a crowd of over 200 people began engaging in violent protests. Smith's mother quickly came out against the police.
"My son is gone due to the police killing my son," Smith's mother said to the Journal Sentinel, according to The Washington Post. "I am lost."
Smith's sister, Sherelle, called for an end to the violence in the city, saying that people need the businesses that protesters are burning down. She then offered an alternative, saying that if rioters want to continue their violence, they should take it to the nearby suburbs.
"Don’t bring the violence here and the ignorance here," she said to reporters, according to The Washington Times.
She allegedly added, "Stop burning down s*** we need in our community. Take that s*** to the suburbs. Burn they s*** down. We need our s****. We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it."
As of August 15, four officers have been injured in the riots and at least 17 people have been arrested.