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Former Milwaukee officer pleads not guilty in shooting

MILWAUKEE – A former Milwaukee police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man has pleaded not guilty to a reckless homicide charge.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s lawyer, Steven Kohn, entered the plea Friday after waiving Heaggan-Brown’s preliminary hearing when a judge would have to decide whether there is enough evidence to continue to trial.

District Attorney John Chisholm charged Heaggan-Brown last week in connection with Sylville Smith is dead.

According to a criminal complaint, Smith fled from Heaggan-Brown during a traffic stop in August. Heaggan-Brown’s body camera shows Smith brought a gun while facing the officer. Heaggan-Brown, who is black, shot Smith in the arm. Smith then threw the gun, or it flew out of his hand. Heaggan-Brown shot him again in the chest.

The murder led to two nights of riots.

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