Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called for calm following the not guilty verdict in the Dominique Heaggan-Brown shooting trial.
The ex-Milwaukee police officer was charged in the shooting death of Sylville Smith last summer, which sparked unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood in the days after.
Barrett said this is not the last trial for Heaggan-Brown, but he knows that might not reassure the family or the people who feel justice was not done.
He said they can let that be known but asked people do it in a way that doesn’t hurt Milwaukee.
“People have a right to gather, people have a right to be heard,” Barrett said. “My strong, strong request that this is done in a peaceful manner. Nothing good can come out anything not peaceful.”
The mayor said a strong police presence was planned in Sherman Park for Wednesday night to keep the people living there safe if people start gathering out there.