Milwaukee Officer is Acquitted in High Profile Trial

By Kay Nolan, June 2015

When the police officer went on trial for first-degree reckless homicide in a shooting that touched off riots in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park, body camera footage became key evidence. I covered this trial, leading to three stories, the final one making page 1A.

I was the only member of the media to coax an interview from the mother of the officer on trial.

I also covered the emotional reaction outside the courthouse after the verdict.

“Milwaukee Officer is Acquitted in Killing of Sylville Smith” (June 21, 2017). This ran on the front page.

“Jury Sees Body Camera Footage of Fatal Shooting by Police Officer”(June 15, 2017)

“Trial Opens for Ex-Officer in Shooting That Set Off Milwaukee Riots” (June 13, 2017)