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Dominique Heaggan-Brown Charged in Shooting That Sparked Riots in Milwaukee; Sylville Smith Was Unarmed When Executed

Earlier today, charges of first-degree reckless homicide were filed against Dominique Heaggan-Brown for the shooting Syville Smith in August. Heaggan-Brown, who had earlier professed his desire to “start a riot like it’s Baltimore,” got his wish when Milwaukee erupted into riots after the murder of Smith. As I wrote about in October, Officer Heaggan-Brown also bragged that he could “do anything without repercussions” during a night in which he drugged and raped another man.

Unfortunately for him, he soon found that that expectation didn’t quite match-up to reality. He was arrested and charged with sexual assault for that attack, as well as another previous attack against a different man back in July. Those charges also included some prostitution related charges. Heaggan- Brown was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department as a result of those charges on October 31st.

The charges that filed today for the shooting of Smith make it very clear that not only was Heaggan-Brown unjustified in his action, but that they constituted an outright murder. The details that were released make it clear that Sylville was executed that day while unarmed and in no way representing a threat to Officer Heaggan-Brown or any other officer at the time that he was shot.

Via the New York Times:

Police officials have said that Mr. Smith was carrying a stolen handgun with a large-capacity magazine, and that he pointed it at the officer before the officer fired. But the criminal complaint filed on Thursday gives a somewhat different picture, based on video recorded by body cameras worn by Officer Heaggan-Brown and his partner. That video has not been made public.

In the video, Mr. Smith “turns his head and upper body towards the officers,” according to an investigator’s affidavit cited in the complaint. “He then raises the gun upward while looking in the direction of the officers and throws the gun over the fence into the yard.”

As Mr. Smith was raising the gun, the complaint says, Officer Heaggan-Brown fired his own weapon, the bullet passed through Mr. Smith’s arm and the suspect fell on his back. “Heaggan-Brown is observed standing a short distance from Smith with his weapon pointed down at Smith when Heaggan-Brown discharges a second shot from his weapon,” the complaint says.

Mr. Smith was hit in the chest.

There’s nothing ambiguous about that description. What you’re reading in those quotes is a description of a gangland execution. While it’s never a great idea to raise your hand with a gun (or anything else) in it toward a bunch of scared, trigger happy cops, Smith clearly made an effort not only to get rid of the gun he had on him, but to make sure those cops knew he had gotten rid of it.

Regardless of his prior intentions, after Smith was already disarmed, shot once, and lying on the ground, Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown stood over him and shot him in the chest. There’s no way to sugarcoat that or pretend it was an accident. Officer Heaggan-Brown committed a murder that day, plain and simple. And it’s very much obvious now why the police didn’t want to release that body camera video to an already outraged and angry public.

Meanwhile, even though the charge of first-degree reckless homicide carries a potential sixty year sentence (don’t hold your breath), Officer Heaggan-Brown should be charged with the crime he committed, which was murder.

“Start a Riot Like It’s Baltimore”

Video Taken During the Riots in Milwaukee by CopBlock Network Contributor Isiah Holmes

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Milwaukee Cop in Sylville Smith Shooting Raped Man; Bragged He Could Do Anything “Without Repercussions”

Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who sparked riots in the city when he shot Sylville Smith, has been arrested and charged with raping a man. Prior to the sexual assault Heaggan-Brown and the victim had spent the night at a bar drinking heavily and watching the riots. The unidentified victim also stated that he believed he was drugged by Officer Heaggan Brown at the time of the assault.

That night, before they left the bar, “AV1” (as he is referred to in the complaint) said that Heaggan-Brown bragged to him that “he was the boss” and that there were “no limitations” on how he lived and that he could do whatever he wanted “without repercussions.” Shortly after they left the bar the victim said that he couldn’t remember anything until he awoke to Heaggan-Brown raping him.

Officer Heaggan-Brown claimed that the sex was consensual, although he admitted to a sergeant (identified as his “mentor”) he called looking for help covering up the crime that the victim was extremely drunk and “acting funny” at the time. That, of course, means that legally it wasn’t consensual, something that Heaggan-Brown should be well aware of being a police officer.

Beyond that, he is also facing two counts of prostitution for offering two people money for sex on at least three occasions dating back to 2015. In addition, he faces another allegation of sexually assaulting a different man in July and taking nude photos of that man while he was passed out. So, obviously there seems to be quite a long pattern of Heroic behavior by Officer Heaggan-Brown.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Heaggan-Brown took the victim to a bar late on the night of Aug. 14 where they drank heavily and watched TV as coverage of the protests aired, the criminal complaint said. The victim told investigators that Heaggan-Brown bragged that he was the boss and that there were “no limitations” on how he lived and that he could do whatever he wanted “without repercussions,” the complaint said.

The victim told police the day after the alleged assault that he had trouble remembering everything that happened after they left the bar but that he felt drugged. He said he woke up to Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulting him. His eyes teared up as he recounted the details, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, the man was nearly unconscious when Heaggan-Brown took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital early on Aug. 15. The officer told a security guard who helped him wheel the man inside that the man had had too much to drink and was “completely out, zonked out of his gourd,” the complaint said.

But when nurses began providing aid, it said, “AV1 flipped out.” It quoted him as saying, “Help me, help me, he was touching me.” The terrified man grabbed the security guard’s arm with “a little child death grip.” And after he was secured in a four-point restraint, out of sight from the defendant, he exclaimed: “He raped me, he raped me,” the complaint said.

Later that morning, Heaggan-Brown texted his mentor, Sgt. Joseph Hall, saying he had messed up “big time,” the complaint said.

“Need your help big time. … But need to handle this the most secret and right way possible,” the text read in part. The sergeant told investigators that Heaggan-Brown claimed the sex was consensual but “admitted that AV1 was messed up and acting funny while at the defendant’s residence.”

Using photographs and other data from the officer’s cellphone, the complaint said, investigators determined that Heaggan-Brown offered two other people money for sex several times — in December 2015 and in July and August of this year — and that he sexually assaulted another unconscious person in July, and photographed that victim naked without that person’s consent.

The charges include two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault, two misdemeanor prostitution counts and one felony count of capturing an intimate representation of a person without consent.

Of course, like most Bad Apples that finally do something bad enough to force the Good Cops working with him to impose some repercussions on them, Officer Heaggan-Brown has a history of misconduct that should have caused him to be removed from the barrel long ago. However, it was instead ignored creating that “I’m the boss” who can do anything “without repercussions” attitude that eventually leads to a murder or at the very least unnecessary use of force that is just too big for their “mentor” to help them out big time with.

Part of that troubled history includes his probationary period having to be extended for unspecified reasons when he was first hired. Several people within the community also came forward with stories about overly aggressive behavior by Heaggan-Brown prior to the shooting of Sylville Smith. In fact, Heaggan-Brown is an aspiring “gangsta” rapper, who can be found singing about wanting to “start a riot like it’s Baltimore” on a Youtube video (embedded below) not too long before he did just that.

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Nine-Year-Old Special Needs Boy Assaulted by Tecumseh Police Employee For Not Lining Up Correctly

Note: This was submitted anonymously, via the Cop Block submission page.

Date of Incident: 9/18/2014
Individual(s) Responsible: Name Unknown (Editor’s note: please get the names of aggressors!)
Outfit: Tecumseh, OK Police Department
Phone: 405-598-2115
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9 Year Old Assault By CopsJust thought I’d share:

My nine-year-old special needs son, who has impulse control disorder and o.d.d, was handcuffed, put in an arm bar, and drug in his school by a Tecumseh, Oklahoma police officer for not lining up correctly in the car rider line.

He received a sprained shoulder, wounds around his wrist, and scratches on his face from a cop leaning against him and shoving his face in the concrete wall. He spent hrs crying in pain and fear and had nightmares from it all night. They have totality traumatized my son!!

This happened Thursday, Sept. 18th, around 3pm. All they would do is let me file a report.

Please help make sure this assault on my son doesn’t go unnoticed. Please call and tell them abuse is abuse whether its a civilian or police behind the abusing and that its not ok to assault my child and get away with no consequences. The Tecumseh police number is 405 598 2115.

Thank you.

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