Protests broke out in Milwaukee after police shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith Aug. 13. Angry demonstrators clashed with police in riot gear that night and the following one. Six businesses and some cars were set on fire. Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Aug. 14 and activated the National Guard. The next day city police imposed a 10 p.m. curfew for youth under 18.
At an Aug. 14 vigil, Smith’s sister Kimberly Neal, above, called on prosecutors to file charges against the cop.
Regardless of the circumstances, which are still not clear, the reaction to the killing of Smith shows many working people say, “Enough is enough,” in face of the many police killings and abuses, such as those detailed in the Justice Department report on Baltimore (see article on page 9).
“Enough is enough,” said Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy. “We call for the removal of the National Guard, ending the curfew and that the police responsible be charged.”