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US Police Officer Faces Murder Charges Over Shooting Death of Black Motorist

© AP Photo / Milwaukee County Sheriff's OfficeMilwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown. (File)
Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown. (File) - Sputnik International
A police officer in the US state of Wisconsin has been charged with murder in the August 2016 killing of an African-American driver who attempted to flee, according to local media reports on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — According to body camera footage, 23-year-old Sylville Smith was armed and turned toward police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who then opened fire, local television station KARE reported.

The shooting sparked two nights of rioting in the Wisconsin city of Milwaukee.

Heaggan-Brown appeared in court earlier on Thursday.

Multiple incidents of police killing young black men, often during routine encounters with law enforcement, have sparked protests and inflamed racial tensions throughout the United States.

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