Heaggan-Brown is facing 60 years in prison for the homicide of Sylville Smith. He was previously charged with sexual assault of a male victim back in October and is facing more than 80 years in prison in that case.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
December 15, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – Former Milwaukee gay cop, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, 24, was charged on Thursday with 1st-degree reckless homicide for the August 13th murder of Sylville Smith, 23. Heaggan-Brown is facing up to 60 years in prison, if convicted. Heaggan-Brown will make a court appearance on Friday to face charges. According to the criminal complaint, Smith was seen running from officers with a handgun in his hand with an extended magazine and came upon a fence where he slip and fell. Then Smith turned to the officers and threw the handgun over the fence when he was shot in the bicep by Heaggan-Brown, Smith fell then Heaggan-Brown walked up to Smith and pointed his gun at him and fatally shot Smith in the chest, according to Heaggan-Brown’s body camera footage. Smith was unarmed when Heaggan-Brown fatally shot him in cold blood.
In October, Heaggan-Brown was charged with two felony counts for 2nd-degree sexual assault of intoxicated victim, 2nd-degree sexual assault of unconscious victim, one felony count for capture an intimate representation and two misdemeanor counts for prostitution-none maritial intercourse for the August 15 sexual assault of a male victim. If convicted of all counts, Heaggan-Brown is facing up to 40 years in prison for each count of sexual assault and up to $100,000 in fines for each count, 3 years and 6 months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for one count of capture an intimate representation, and 9 months in prison and $10,000 in fines for each count of prostitution.
The Milwaukee Police Department suspended Officer Heaggan-Brown with pay pending the outcome of the case, but was later terminated. Heaggan-Brown was first identified by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) as the officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith, 23, in the Sherman Park neighborhood at N. 4th Street and W. Auer Ave. on August 13 and an unrest followed for weeks. 28 people were arrested and charged with various crimes resulting from the Sherman Park unrest after Smith was murdered by Heaggan-Brown.
Sylville Smith’s brother, a cousin and several others held a press conference and expressed that Milwaukee Police Chief Eward Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett had initially claimed that Smith was a career criminal and that then Officer Heaggan-Brown had reason to fire at Smith, a known criminal. Smith was not a convicted felon, but had received a Conceal Carry License to possess a concealed weapon. Chief Flynn previously indicated that a photo showed Smith with a handgun before getting shot and then a second fatal shot within 1.6 seconds. Flynn says, that Heaggan-Brown was under a stressful split second decision to protect his life at the time. Heaggan-Brown walked up to Smith when he was on the ground and shot him at point blank. Chief Flynn seem not to happy, that a stressful act would not be considered as justified for discharging a second shot, even if the victim was unarmed.
The Smith family told media sources that no one from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office or the Milwaukee Police Department had contacted them about filing a homicide charge against Heaggan-Brown. Another speaker asked why did Chief Flynn and Mayor Barrett claimed that Smith was a known criminal? Chief Flynn during a press conference stated, that Sherman Park residents didn’t ignite a riot after Smith was killed, but criminals who did not live at the Sherman Park neighborhood and were friends with Smith, the deceased.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown criminal complaint