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Department of Justice Completes Investigation into Sylville Smith's Death; Hands Case Over to District Attorney

Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation concluded its investigation into officer-involved death of Sylville Smith.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation concluded its independent investigation of the officer involved death of Mr. Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee Police Officer that occurred on August 13, 2016.

According to the DOJ, the investigative report and accompanying evidence have been sent to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, who will decide whether or not to issue criminal charges against the officer responsible for the death of Smith.

The audio, video, and photo evidence associated with this investigation are not available at this time.

Wisconsin DOJ plans to publish the investigative reports and digital evidence on the Wisconsin DOJ website, consistent with public records law, if District Attorney Chisholm does not issue criminal charges or when District Attorney Chisholm determines they are no longer material to any ongoing criminal proceedings.

The District Attorney's Office issued a statement confirming that it had received the documents.

The statement also said in part:

"Our office will begin the review of this matter, conduct any follow up investigation we deem appropriate and necessary and consult with the  family of Mr. Smith in order to make a decision as soon as practicable."

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