Wisconsin officer who killed man fired over sex assault charges
A police officer in Milwaukee who killed a black man in a shooting in August that sparked nights of rioting in the Wisconsin city was dismissed from the force on Monday over sexual assault charges, officials said.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, 24, was charged on Oct. 20 in Wisconsin state court with five crimes, including two counts of second-degree sexual assault.
A criminal complaint said Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulted a man on Aug. 14, a day after he fatally shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith, according to local media.
Heaggan-Brown was also charged with having sex with prostitutes and sexually assaulting another person between December 2015 and July 2016, court records showed.
The Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement it terminated Heaggan-Brown effective on Monday.
“The termination is the result of a Milwaukee Police Department internal affairs investigation related to the criminal complaint filed against him on Thursday, October 20,” the statement said.
An attorney for Heaggan-Brown did not return a call seeking comment.
Two nights of rioting erupted after Heaggan-Brown, who is African-American, fatally shot Smith on Aug. 13. Police said Smith was armed and refused to drop his gun before he was shot. Heaggan-Brown was not charged in the shooting.
Police killings of blacks have set off large and sometimes violent protests in the United States over the past two years, igniting a national debate over race and policing and giving rise to a renewed civil rights movement driven by activists with the Black Lives Matter movement.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)