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    The U.S. Department of Transportation is fining American Airlines $1.6 million for holding domestic flights on the tarmac for more than three hours without allowing passengers to deplane.

    The penalty, announced Wednesday afternoon, matches one levied against Southwest Airlines last year as the highest amounts ever imposed by the DOT for violating the so-called "Tarmac Delay Rule."

    “Our tarmac rule is meant to prevent passengers from being trapped in aircraft on the ground for hours on end,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

    According to the rule, U.S. flights with 30 or more passengers have to let people deplane after they've sat on the tarmac for three hours. Airlines also have to provide food, water and working bathrooms during delays.

    DOT referenced an incident at DFW International Airport where they said American Airlines didn't properly prepare for heavy snow and rain--resulting in long delays.

    In March 2015, passengers on a 30-minute American Airlines flight to Oklahoma City waited more than nine hours. The airline apologized for the delay.

    American Airlines provided a statement in response to the DOT announcement.

    “We are pleased to have this matter resolved," the statement said. "It’s worth noting that a large portion of the settlement is related to a winter weather event that occurred nearly four years ago in Charlotte."

    "Regardless, every situation is a learning opportunity and we remain committed to taking care of our customers,” the statement said.

    Of the $1.6 million fine, about $602,000 will be credited back to the airline for compensation it has already paid passengers on affected flights. The DOT also agreed to waive $303,000 of the fine to reimburse the airline for better equipment to help avoid such problems in the future, the agency said in the release.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    File photo. An American Airlines plane takes off from the Miami International Airport on November 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida.File photo. An American Airlines plane takes off from the Miami International Airport on November 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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    Christmas has come early for more than a hundred children in New Haven.

    First responders throughout the city have been collecting new toys for several weeks and on Wednesday, those toys were given out to some deserving children in need.

    This year was the first annual Toys For Tots All Hands Toy Drive in the Elm City.

    Families at the headquarters of the New Haven Fire Department gathered with first responders for the gift 'pick-up party'. All of the items were collected from the community with the help of New Haven fire and police departments, as well as, American Medical Response ambulance services and members of the United States Marine Corps.

    The gifts were gathered for the last month at fire houses, police stations and other locations and were finally given out to local charitable organizations and more than one hundred twenty five children in need. While, that number was greater than what organizers had expected, every child received a gift.

    "We love our job," said Dan Del Prete, a New Haven Firefighter who was among those spearheading the toy drive. "We put our lives on the line every day and we get excited to not only do our job but to give back to the community," he said.

    "I like giving back," said New Haven Firefighter Michael Rickaby, who is also a U.S. Marine. "To see kids walking around with a smile; that makes my day; makes my year."

    After the success of this year's toy giveaway, organizers of the event said they will certainly be bringing it back for next year and beyond.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    The Woodbridge Fire Marshal’s office announced Wednesday it has ruled out arson in the investigation into the fire at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven.

    “Well, I’m certainly glad for our community members to know what really believed all along that this was an accidental cause,” JCC CEO Judy Diamondstein said.

    The JCC’s building off Amity Road in Woodbridge is still closed to the public nine days after the fire ripped through the lower level, but the JCC has successfully relocated programs to other facilities.

    Congregation B’Nai Jacob synagouge in Woodbridge has become the temporary home for the JCC pre-school and after school child care.

    “The fire happened on Monday," Diamondstein said. "By 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, we had received our approvals. We had an open house for families and the kids were back 7:30 a.m. on Friday.”

    In an announcement on Facebook, the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department said, “While the investigation is ongoing, we believe the fire started in the sauna area located in the men's locker room.”

    NBC Connecticut was the first local TV station to tour the damage. The flames were mostly contained to the locker room area, but smoke and water ruined many other facilities on the lower level like the basketball gymnasium, dance studios and fitness gym.

    “This double gym that we just had the floors resurfaced two years ago has to totally be replaced,” Diamondstein said, adding there were several inches of water on the basketball courts after the fire.

    Allan Greenberg is the JCC’s longtime physical education director.

    “To give you an idea, we are using three pools in this transitional period,” he said.

    The swim team is using the Albertus Magnus College pool and JCC members have access to the racquetball courts, Greenberg said. The Hopkins Day Prospects School and the Woodbridge Recreational Department are allowing JCC members to use their basketball courts.

    “We are very appreciative at the center and thankful there were so many facilities that we contacted or reached out to us,” Greenberg said.

    Diamondstein said she is “working around the clock” to secure leases for a temporary fitness facility and administrative officers.

    The JCC has launched a fundraising campaign to help with the rebuilding efforts.

    A full list of temporary facilities hosting JCC programming and activities can be found on the homepage.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Community members in New Haven rallied in support of the Assistant Chief of Police Luiz Casanova Wednesday afternoon after he received a one day suspension without pay for inappropriate comments he made to a patrol officer.

    Casanova’s nephew Joseph Baez addressed his uncle’s supporters gathered outside of City Hall.

    “He’s always told me that you can’t be a good police officer without genuinely caring about your fellow man and he has been a great police officer,” Baez said and the crowd responded with cheers.

    Father James Manship from St. Rose of Lima Church got to now Assistant Chief Casanova during his time as NHPD’s Fair Haven District Manager.

    “I think there have been a lot of things in the press over the days that have been somewhat blown out of proportion,” Manship said, “but I know this man to be a compassionate man, a passionate man about policing and the community.”

    It was Casanova’s choice of words telling a patrol officer to fix the way he was wearing a department issued winter hat that prompted the internal investigation resulting in the one day suspension.

    A police source tells NBC Connecticut Casanova, who is charge of professional training and standards, said a phrase that recruits are being trained to refrain from saying.

    “I think we are all humans, we all make mistakes,” State Rep. Juan Candelaria said at the rally. “If we’re going take one incident and put it into balance, let’s look at 20 year career and his reputation compared to one incident and he has apologized for it.”

    A group of New Haven clergy commended the discipline handed down to Casanova at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    They also called on Mayor Toni Harp to suspend the search for a full-time police chief and to appoint Acting Chief Anthony Campbell.

    “But to have a group come before and request the mayor to stop a transparent process to select the next chief and just appoint, I’m questioning that,” Candelaria told NBC Connecticut, “what’s the motive behind that?”

    Harp said Tuesday she intends to continue the search process for a full-time police chief and she hopes to make an announcement in February.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Among those braving the strong winds and bitter cold expected Thursday, are the commercial fisherman in New London.

    "Fishermen are like farmers, all they do is work," said Steve Barry, dock manager for New London Seafood Distributors. He's out working in the rain, shine, heat and cold.

    According to Barry, layers are the key to surviving the arctic wind chills. He wears an insulated hat, three layers – including under armour – and waterproof and insulated pants and boots.

    After years on the job, commercial fisherman Mike Theiler said his body has gotten used to the cold temperatures.

    Occasionally, it's unbearable, he said. But the water temperature at this time of year helps.

    "The water's 50 degrees right now. If you came in February when the water is 30 degrees, and the wind and air temperature – then it's really cold," Theiler said.

    "When I first started, we had a double pack out. We packed out two offshore boats, it took us 18 hours, and we did it in the middle of a nor'easter. That was my indoctrination – when I knew it's not going to ever get worse than that. And it hasn't," Barry said.

    Another tip to stay warm is to not get wet. That's when the weather becomes the most brutal, Barry added.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    On the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, East Harford is beefing up its protection for school resource officers.

    "It certainly gives us pause (Wednesday) to reflect upon what community means," Mayor Marcia Leclerc of East Hartford, said.

    On Wednesday the East Hartford community did some heavy lifting for its police department.

    The Rotary Club donated $3,200 to buy hefty so-called active shooter kits for school resource officers.

    “They’re teaching kids. They’re nurturing kids in programs. But they’re also an armed police officer,” Chief Scott Sansom of East Hartford Police, said.

    East Hartford has deployed four school resource officers: two each at the high school and middle school.

    Now all of them will be outfitted with a helmet and ballistic vest.

    “Over the last few years with the active shooters, situations that we’ve had we’ve learned Kevlar helmets, plated vests that stop rifle fire are an extra layer of protection that the officers could, will need,” Sansom said.

    The Rotary Club’s donation with cover the cost of four kits, each of which total $800.

    They’ll be stored at the schools just in case there’s an emergency situation and the resource officers are the first to respond.

    “This really hits home that it’s one of the important things we need in our community. And I don’t think the parents should think of it as a negative having this type of equipment in the school. But certainly to safeguard children is important to have this type of equipment,” Leclerc said.

    Police expect to buy the gear fairly soon and outfit the officers in the next several months.


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    Access Health CT offices around the state are expected to be busy on Wednesday and Thursday as a deadline for coverage approaches.

    People must sign up by midnight on Thursday, Dec. 15 for health coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2017.

    Many stopped by Access Health CT in New Britain.

    “This a national topic right now and that’s been working really positively for a lot of our state,” Andrea Ravitz of Access Health CT, said.

    Access Health is the state’s version of the Affordable Care Act and in the past six weeks 16,000 Connecticut residents have signed up for coverage in 2017.

    The entire system’s future is uncertain with President-elect Donald Trump targeting it for possible changes.

    “What we’re telling people right now is the law has not changed and the rules are still the same and the penalties are still there. So we’re doing everything in our power to enroll as many people as possible,” Ravitz said.

    The penalty for not having health insurance is at least $695.

    And for those concerned about the president-elect’s plans, Access Health staff says it is their understanding anyone who enrolls now will have coverage through 2017.

    “There’s no question I like what I have right now but I do not know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t know what he’s going to take away or what he’s going to add,” Douglas Chin of Bristol, said.

    Access Health reminds people there is money available to help with costs if you qualify.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    U.S. intelligence officials believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

    Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

    Putin's objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to "split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn't depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore," the official said.



    Photo Credit: AP

    File - Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Novo Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow on Monday, April 13, 2015.File - Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Novo Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow on Monday, April 13, 2015.

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    A bitter blast of dangerous cold is headed for Connecticut.

    Snow squalls could drop an inch or two of snow in some towns Thursday as the cold air moves in.

    While temperatures on Thursday will be in the 20s, strong winds are expected Thursday night.

    The wind gusts could reach 60 mph, which would push wind chills into the 10 to 20 below range.

    Actual air temperatures Friday morning will be in the single digits above and below zero.

    Friday's high will only be near 20 degrees!

    A winter storm moves in Saturday, and it will begin as accumulating snow in the predawn hours. 1 to 2 inches of snow are expected in southeastern Connecticut, 2 to 4 inches in central Connecticut, and 4 to 6 inches in northwest Connecticut.

    High pressure initially in place over New England moves to the east, pumping in milder air.

    So while the storm starts as snow, the precipitation eventually transitions to sleet, freezing rain and plain rain later Saturday into Sunday.

    By Sunday afternoon, melting is expected as temperatures will be near 50.


    Model output from the high-resolution North American Model jives with First Alert forecasters' expectations for Friday morning.Model output from the high-resolution North American Model jives with First Alert forecasters' expectations for Friday morning.

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    With below-zero wind chills expected Thursday night into Friday, many cities and towns have announced the opening of warming centers:

    Bridgeport

    • Greater Bridgeport Transit Bus Terminal, 710 Water St. (7:00am-8:00pm)
    • East Side Senior Center, 1057 East Main St. (9:00am-4:30pm)
    • Black Rock Senior Center, 2676 Fairfield Ave. (9:00am-4:30pm)
    • North End Bethany Senior Center, 20 Throme St. (9:00am-4:30pm)
    • Library -Main Branch, 925 Broad St. (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday)
    • Library -Black Rock Branch, 2705 Fairfield Ave. (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday)
    • Library -Newfield Branch, 1230 Stratford Ave. (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday)
    • Library -North Branch, 3455 Madison Ave. (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday)
    • Library -Old Mill Green Branch, 1677 East Main St. (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday)

    East Hartford

    • Public Safety Complext Lobby, 31 School Street (Open 24 hours, 7 days a week)
    • South End Senior Center, 70 Canterbury Street (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.)
    • New Haven
    • All New Have Free Public Libraries (Daytime hours)
    • Bethel AME, Goffe St. (Overnight beginning at 10 p.m.)
    • New London
    • Senior Citizen's Center, 102 Broad St. (Normal business hours)

    New Haven

    • All New Have Free Public Libraries (Daytime hours)
    • Bethel AME, Goffe St. (Overnight beginning at 10 p.m.)

    New London

    • Senior Citizen's Center, 102 Broad St. (Normal business hours)

    Stamford

    • Chester Addison Community Center, 245 Selleck Street, Mon – Fri (9am – 6pm)
    • Stamford Family YMCA, 10 Bell Street, Mon- Fri (9am – 6pm), Sat (8am – 5pm), Sun (11am – 4pm)
    • Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 29 Grove Street, Wed - Thurs (9am – 5pm)
    • Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent Street, Mon – Fri (9am – 5pm)
    • Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., 1st floor lobby, Daily until 9pm
    • Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Mon – Thurs (5:30am – 10pm), Fri (5:30am – 6pm), Sat – Sun (7:30am – 6pm)
    • Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Ave., Wed – Thurs (9am – 6pm), Fri (9am – 2pm), Sat (9am – 11am)
    • All City-run Fire Stations, Mon – Fri (until 6pm)
    • Neighbors Link, 75 Selleck Street, Daily (7:30am – 7:30pm)


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    Francisco Serna, the 73-year-old man with dementia who was killed by California police this week, was carrying a crucifix, not a gun, police said Wednesday, NBC News reported. 

    Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin said Serna, who a neighbor described as roaming the neighborhood with a revolver, failed to comply with officers' orders to stop and show his hands. Officer Regan Selman fired seven shots. Serna then died at the scene. Selman is on administrative leave pending an investigation, along with six other responding officers.

    A group gathered outside the family home late Tuesday, with one person holding a sign that read "Justice for Francisco Serna." A candlelight vigil was held in his honor.

    Police confirmed to NBC affiliate KGET on Wednesday that a crucifix was later found on Serna's body — not a gun. The finding was first reported Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times.



    Photo Credit: Felix Adamo/The Bakersfield Californian via AP

    In this photo provided by The Bakersfield Californian, Rubia Serna is consoled by her sons Jesse Serna, right, and Frank Serna at the candlelight vigil for Francisco Serna, 73, her husband and their father, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Bakersfield, California.In this photo provided by The Bakersfield Californian, Rubia Serna is consoled by her sons Jesse Serna, right, and Frank Serna at the candlelight vigil for Francisco Serna, 73, her husband and their father, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Bakersfield, California.

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    At least two people were taken to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 395 South in Montville that closed the highway Thursday morning.

    No information was available on the extent of their injuries and the highway has reopened.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

    A crash on I-395 closed the highway on Thursday morning.A crash on I-395 closed the highway on Thursday morning.

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    Hamden High School was placed on lockdown and evacuated this morning after an altercation was reported and police said a student making "basketball" moves prompted the response.

    Police said a school employee reported hearing someone walking toward her, then saw a teenage boy raise his fist as if he was going to punch her, so she hurried her pace to get away and alerted coworkers.

    The school resource officer investigated and police said the student was running in the hallway and made believe he was dunking a basketball when the school employee turned around, according to police. 

    Hamden High School students were brought to Hamden Middle School during the lockdown and have been allowed back into their own school.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A federal lawsuit forced an Indiana town to remove a cross from atop their Christmas tree. Now residents are putting up crosses everywhere. They're appearing in businesses, neighborhoods and places they've never been seen before in Knightstown.

    The cross frenzy started on Tuesday night, when a couple of pick-up trucks with homemade crosses standing in their beds drove around the town square.

    A small group of people held up smaller crosses to passing traffic. Several drivers sounded their horns in support.

    The town's Christmas lighted tree stood above them all without a cross. When one resident sued the town, the council took it down.

    Patricia Hutson was one of many disappointed residents.

    "It makes me sad we can't express our opinion of what we want Christmas decorations to be," she said.

    Hutson and friends started making crosses and giving them away - almost 600 so far.

    Bill Windson grabbed four for him and a neighbor.

    "It looks like the law protects the minority instead of the majority," he said.


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    Connecticut is in for a stretch of frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills over the next few days.

    Temperatures were expected to fall throughout the day Thursday and strong winds expected Thursday night and into Friday morning.

    The wind gusts could reach 60 mph, which would push wind chills into the 10 to 20 below range.

    Actual air temperatures Friday morning will be in the single digits above and below zero and Friday's high will only be near 20 degrees.

    A snow squall caused whiteout conditions on Thursday morning and dropped enough snow to cause some slick roads, which prompted several crashes. 

    "It was clear as day, then a flash snowstorm. Now it's all slick," Rob Bryant, of Newington, said. "Got to be careful on the way to work now." 

    State police said there were several spin-outs crashes between Hartford and Manchester. One that caused delays was on Interstate 84 East where a tractor-trailer crashed near exit 59.  

    There were also several crashes on Route 9.

    If it is snowing where you are, share your photos and video and send them to shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.

    A winter storm moves in Saturday, and it will begin as accumulating snow in the predawn hours. 1 to 2 inches of snow are expected in southeastern Connecticut, 2 to 4 inches in central Connecticut, and 4 to 6 inches in northwest Connecticut.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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    The fire started in an apartment around 7:30 a.m. and heavy fire was showing from a first-floor apartment when crews arrived. 

    "On arrival, there was heavy smResidents have been displaced after fire broke out at 219 South Broad St. in Meriden this morning and the cold weather created some challenges for firefighters.oke condition and heavy fire condition," Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn, of the Meriden Fire Department, said.

    The residence was unoccupied and the residents have been displaced for now from that unit and possibly two others, officials said. Now, city officials are working to help the displaced find a place to stay.

    Officials also took efforts to keep residents warm this morning. 

    "We got a bus from the school bus company, as well as Hunter's Ambulance to keep them warm as a warming center," Dunn said.

    The water used to fight the fire turned to ice.

    "Anytime you have sub-zero temperatures, such as today, there are some challenges," Dunn said. "Very icy conditions and we're working with water and such."

    No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

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    A 56-year-old Waterbury man was hit by a pickup in Southington on Wednesday night and was badly injured, according to police.

    Neim Redzepi, of Waterbury, was trying to cross Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, near Subway and Dunkin' Donuts. when a 2006 Chevy pickup hit him, according to police.

    Redzepi sustained serious injuries and was brought to Saint Mary’s Hospital.

    The driver of the pickup, a 39-year-old Wolcott man, and his passenger were not injured.

    The road was closed for several hours, but reopened around 10:15 p.m.

    Police are investigating and said no charges have been filed.



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    The Nevada student critically wounded by a school district police officer took butter knives to school to protect himself against bullies who targeted him regularly, his father told NBC News.

    The officer shot 14-year-old Logan Clark during a confrontation witnessed by more than 40 classmates Dec. 7 at Hug High School in Reno, authorities said. They said Logan got into an altercation with a classmate and began threatening other students with a knife. The officer shot him when Logan disregarded commands to drop the knife, they said.

    Logan suffered a stroke the day after the shooting and is not responsive, his father, Justin Clark, told the "Today" show Thursday.

    NBC News has previously not used Logan's name because he is a minor. Clark approved NBC News' use of his son's name.


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    The seismology department at the University of Maryland is trying to help a Maryland town identify the source of mysterious, loud booms, which have been jolting residents from their sleep and damaging their homes for decades.

    Cheverly resident Nikki Greco keeps track of the booms in a calendar. She described one as sounding like a Mack truck ramming into the house.

    The booms caused cracks in her basement requiring a $50,000 loan to fix, she said.

    Mayor Mike Callahan's been trying to figure it out ever since he took office.

    “The booms are one of our amazing little mysteries that drive us closer together,” he said. “You know, every community has its lore, has its myths.”

    For the Cheverly booms, there are many theories.

    “I think the craziest one I've heard is the escape tunnel that's from Washington, D.C., and that they're building a highway underneath Cheverly,” Callahan said.

    “I wonder about the underground digging, what's going on there,” Greco said.

    They hope with the University of Maryland's help, they finally can solve this mystery.



    Photo Credit: NBCWashington

    Cheverly, Maryland, residents have complained about the booms for decades.Cheverly, Maryland, residents have complained about the booms for decades.

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    Prosecutors charged a Milwaukee police officer Thursday with killing a black man in August, alleging the man had thrown his gun away and was unarmed when the officer fired the fatal shot.

    Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was charged with reckless homicide in the Aug. 13 death of Sylville Smith, which sparked two days of riots on Milwaukee's north side. In the days after the shooting, both the police chief and the mayor had said that police video clearly showed Smith had a gun and was turning toward officers when he was shot. Thursday's criminal complaint echoed that, but went on to describe a second shot, fired into Smith's chest after Smith no longer had his gun.

    Heaggan-Brown, who was fired in October over an unrelated sexual assault case, shot Smith following a traffic stop. After fleeing police, Smith turned with a gun and was shot once in his bicep, according to the complaint. The second shot occurred less than two seconds later, after Smith was lying on the ground with his hands near his head, according to the complaint.

    Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in the complaint that the video shows Smith throwing the gun over a fence. Heaggan-Brown told state agents that he believed Smith's gun "flew" out of his hand over a fence after the first shot. The officer said he thought Smith was reaching for another weapon in his waistband so he fired the second shot.

    Chisholm's office said he would not hold any news conference or issue any statement Thursday on the charge and the video would not be released.

    Heaggan-Brown was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday. His attorney, Jonathan Smith, said that he hasn't seen any of the state's evidence but a read of the criminal complaint raises "issues." He didn't elaborate but did promise a "vigorous" defense.

    Smith's family issued a statement thanking Chisholm.

    "We appreciate that the District Attorney has shown independence and sound judgment in prosecuting the officer who shot and killed Sylville," the statement said. "We also appreciate that this is but the first step in holding that officer accountable, but a necessary step in bringing some measure of justice."

    His mother, Mildred Haynes, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the charge should have been tougher.

    "He shot him in the arm and shot him again in the chest. To me, he shot to kill," she said.

    Police Chief Ed Flynn said shortly after the shooting that Heaggan-Brown opened fire after Smith turned toward the officer and began to raise his gun despite Heaggan-Brown's warnings to drop it. The chief said then that he had seen the body camera video but did not mention that Smith was unarmed when the second shot was fired. Both Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett planned news conferences Thursday afternoon.

    The neighborhood where Smith was killed is predominantly black. Heaggan-Brown grew up there and has lived near the shooting scene since at least 2012. The night of the shooting, demonstrators burned six businesses and a police squad car and threw rocks and bottles at police. More violence broke out the next night, with one man being shot and injured and protesters again throwing rocks and bottles at officers. Police arrested about 40 people over the course of three nights. Flynn blamed protesters from outside of Milwaukee for much of the unrest.

    The sexual assault case that led to Heaggan-Brown's firing stemmed from an incident the night of Aug. 14. According to a criminal complaint, Heaggan-Brown and another man went to a bar where they drank heavily and watched television coverage of the unrest. The man told investigators that Heaggan-Brown bragged that he could do anything he wanted without repercussions, and that he woke up to Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulting him.

    Heaggan-Brown also was charged with soliciting two other people for sex several times since December 2015 and with sexually assaulting another unconscious person in July 2016 and photographing that victim naked. He faces two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault, two misdemeanor prostitution counts and one felony count of capturing an intimate representation of a person without consent.



    Photo Credit: AP

    People gather at the place where Milwaukee police shot and killed Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.People gather at the place where Milwaukee police shot and killed Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

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