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City of Milwaukee agrees to settle for $4 million with Sylville Smith's family

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 14:31:46-04

MILWAUKEE — On Oct. 13, the city introduced a resolution to settle the wrongful death case Sylville Smith's family had brought against the city of Milwaukee for $4 million dollars.

The federal case was scheduled to go to trial next month, according to court records. Those records have not yet been updated to show the settlement.

The City Attorney's Office is asking the Finance and Personnel Committee as well as the Common Council to authorize borrowing the money for the settlement.

Here's that resolution:

https://milwaukee.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4675641&GUID=57735F61-AAFF-45A7-B5EC-77AD39D031C5&Options=ID|Text|&Search=sylville+smith

Smith was shot and killed by former Milwaukee Police Officer Dominque Heaggan-Brown after fleeing from a traffic stop on Aug. 13, 2016.

Attorney General's report on Sylville Smith shooting completed

The shooting sparked two nights of violent unrest, resulting in several businesses looted, burned down, and multiple arrests in the Sherman Park area.

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