Milwaukee Officer Threatened Online After Fatal Shooting of Sylville Smith
A man speaks with police in a park in Milwaukee, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Following a night of violence that left half a dozen businesses in flames, the Milwaukee police chief expressed surprise at the level of unrest that erupted after the fatal shooting of a black man Saturday by a black officer. "This was, quite frankly, unanticipated," Chief Edward Flynn said Monday, two days after the worst of the rioting hit the Sherman Park neighborhood on the city's economically depressed and largely black north side. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Milwaukee Officer Threatened Online After Fatal Shooting of Sylville Smith

Milwaukee police officer was the target of online threats from people identifying him as the cop who fatally shot Sylville Smith in an incident that sparked outrage and violence in the city over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.

As the report notes, the authorities have yet to identify the officer who killed Smith Saturday; however, widely shared social media posts and at least one news report have identified him as a 24-year-old patrolman. According to the Tribune, several posts included threats, as well as a photo of the officer.

On Tuesday, the department acknowledged the “disturbing national trend,” where social media users identify officers involved in fatal shootings and threaten them and their families.

A spokesman for the department did not confirm the identity of the individual that was being circulated online. However, the department is investigating local threats against officers.

Smith, 23, was shot and killed Saturday after fleeing on foot from a traffic stop. According to authorities, Smith had a gun in his hand when he turned to the officer, who fired his service weapon, ultimately killing Smith.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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