Milwaukee Police Department Fires Officer Who Shot Sylville Smith After Sexual Assault Charge

Dominique Heaggan-Brown appears in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 in Milwaukee. Heaggan-Brown a Milwaukee police officer whose fatal shooting of a black man sparked a weekend of violent unrest in the city has been ordered to stand trial on unrelated sex assault charges. He is facing five charges that accuse him of sexually assaulting two men and soliciting sex from two others. He's jailed on $100,000 bond. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)
Michael Sears—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/AP Dominique Heaggan-Brown appears in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in Milwaukee on Oct. 26, 2016.

The officer shot Sylville Smith, who police said was holding a gun and fleeing a traffic stop

The Milwaukee Police Department fired an officer who fatally shot a black man in August after an investigation into an unrelated sexual assault charge.

The termination, effective Monday, comes after a Milwaukee Police Department Internal Affairs investigation related to a criminal complaint filed against Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was arrested on Wednesday. Police said last week a male “victim reported to the Milwaukee Police he had been sexually assaulted by Heaggan-Brown while off-duty.”

“The investigation found Heaggan-Brown to be in violation of the Milwaukee Police Code of Conduct, Core Value- Integrity that states “Department members shall obey local ordinances and state and federal laws, whether on or off-duty” and “Whether on or off duty, department members shall not behave in such a way that a reasonable person would expect that discredit could be brought upon the department, or that it would create the appearance of impropriety or corruptive behavior,” Milwaukee Police said in a statement.

The complaint in the case came in on Aug. 15, two days after Heaggan-Brown shot Sylville Smith, who police said was holding a gun and fleeing a traffic stop. The fatal shooting sparked violent protests in the city.


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