MILWAUKEE (AP) - The scars of the violence that erupted in a Milwaukee neighborhood are still visible almost a year after a police officer fatally shot a 23-year-old man black man.
A jury on Wednesday acquitted the now-former officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown in Sylville Smith's shooting. But reminders of the anger the shooting inspired remain in Sherman Park.
A gas station that protesters burned down remains closed, as well as the BMO Harris branch that was set on fire.
Community leaders have said the riots after Smith's death were partly the result of long-simmering frustration and hopelessness over unemployment and economic disparities.
State and city officials launched economic development programs in the neighborhood after the riots but some neighborhood residents who spoke to The Associated Press after Heaggan-Brown's acquittal are skeptical the initiatives will change anything.