From Daily Mail
Addresses shooting of Sylville Smith during visit to Wisconsin
A Milwaukee police officer shot smith during a traffic stop
Smith allegedly pulled a gun
‘You’re supposed to talk him out of it?’
‘If it is true, people shouldn’t be rioting’
Repeats call for ‘law and order’
Later the candidate met with law enforcement at a Milwaukee war memorial
Donald Trump emphatically defended the Wisconsin police officer who shot and killed Sylville Smith at a traffic stop, prompting two days of riots.
Trump referenced early statements by law enforcement that Smith, who had a criminal record, pointed a gun at the officer, in comments to Fox News just hours before he headed to Milwaukee for an event with local law enforcement.
‘If you believe a gun was pointed at his head, maybe ready to be fired, what is a person supposed to do?’ Trump asked.
‘We need strong, swift and very fair law and order,” Trump told the network.
Trump defended the officer who shot Smith. The officer hasn’t yet been identified, but like Smith he is black.
‘What is a person supposed to do?’ Trump said. ‘You’re supposed to talk him out of it?’
‘So I would think so, we’ll find out because they have a tape, as I understand. But the gun was pointed at his head, supposedly ready to be fired, I think that, who can have a problem with that?’
Then he hedged saying, ‘Now, that’s what the narrative is. Maybe it’s not true. If it is true, people shouldn’t be rioting.’
There were two nights of rioting in Milwaukee, with some buildings burned to the ground, although authorities imposed a curfew imposed Monday night and the rioting subsided.
Trump continued on the subject of rioting: ‘We have to obey the laws or we don’t have a country. We have a case where good people are out there trying to get people to sort of calm down and they’re not calming down, and we have our police who do a phenomenal job.’
‘In this case a gun was pointed at his head, I guess and I would assume the tapes are going to be revealed at some point.’
Trump also spoke about his plan for ‘extreme vetting’ of potential immigrants seeking to come here, saying both Syria and Iraq as countries that would get visa restrictions.
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