Wisconsin congresswoman urges calm in Milwaukee following police shooting

MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin congresswoman who represents Milwaukee is asking the community to stay calm in the wake of a police shooting that wracked the city's north side.

Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat, says she understands some city residents who think justice isn't available to everyone. Moore says racial inequities must be pointed out peacefully, but no one should "take out their aggressions on our local businesses and homes."

City officials said Sunday that 23-year-old Sylville Smith, who was black, was shot by a black police officer as Smith fled a traffic stop. They say a still frame from the officer's body camera shows Smith was holding a handgun and refused to drop it when ordered.

Violence broke out Saturday evening a few hours after Smith's death, with six businesses set on fire, 17 people arrested and four officers hurt. Gov. Scott Walker has put National Guard members at Chief Edward Flynn's disposal if needed.

Officials in Milwaukee have tallied the damage from overnight violence on the city's north side after a fatal shooting by police.

Chief Ed Flynn says six businesses were set on fire Saturday, 17 unruly protesters were arrested and four officers were injured by flying concrete or glass. That includes a female officer who was concussed and needed seven stitches after being struck by concrete.

Flynn said Sunday that the department's gunshot tracking technology picked up several possible shots during the chaos, and a 16-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a stray bullet.

Mayor Tom Barrett says he's proud of officers for showing what he called "tremendous restraint." He says they did not fire a shot.

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