MILWAUKEE (AP) – Video from the camera of a former Milwaukee police officer on trial for a shooting death of a black man that sparked riots shows the officer asking if he’s “still there” as the man lay dying on the ground.
The footage from Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s body camera shown to a jury Thursday is the first time the public has seen and heard Heaggan-Brown’s reaction to the shooting immediately after it happened Aug. 13.
Heaggan-Brown is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith.
Within 12 seconds of exiting his car, Heaggan-Brown shoots Smith twice after a foot chase. Prosecutors say Smith had thrown away his gun when Heaggan-Brown fired the fatal shot but the officer has maintained he believed Smith was still armed.