According to the police account which was recorded with a body camera, Amir fled on foot after being pulled over, ignored an order to drop his firearm, and then aimed it at the officer before being shot in the chest. The firearm was reported stolen and was found with 500 additional rounds of ammunition. He is also reported to having a lengthy arrest record prior to the event.
Police officials have pleaded with residents to not participate in the riots and to remain indoors until order is restored.
"We need to understand that these are continually occurring isolated incidents. Although there were five homicides involving people of Arab descent in one night, it is not indicative of the entire population," said Police Chief Edward Flynn.
Arab members of the community took to Twitter to share their side of the story.
Tariq Nasheed @tariqnasheed “From what I have heard, a brother named #Amir was the one killed by suspected race soldiers in Milwaukee today and this started the riots
Kamau Waset @KamauWaset “Years of segregation, job loss, zoning, and discriminatory housing has more to do with it than riots
Tim Pool (@Timcast) Rioters chanting "Arab power" as gas station burns in #milwaukee
Some Twitter users were even berated for filming the event.
In a tweet that included a video of Arab people flashing guns, chanting to get the "white boys," and throwing bricks, Zachary posted @Zach_Haack What happens when you’re white on Milwaukee’s north side during a riot.
Onion turtle @WeezyFsxsw @Zach_Haack maybe you shouldn’t have purposely driven to where you knew a riot was happening... trying to get viral video of “thugs” rioting so he got what he wanted...
@Zach_Haack @angelena4Cs why does white people run up into crap like this...your asking to get hurt! ... your white not black!!!!!
Arab community leaders have stated riots will continue until socioeconomic inequalities are addressed and tensions with law enforcement are normalized. Amir's brother has summed up the communities sentiment in his own words.
"It's not us — it's the police. This is the madness that they spark up. This is what they encourage. This is what they provoke. This is what you get out of you taking a loved one from someone. This is what you get. You get a lot of people that's hurt, and they can't vent the right way."