Wauwatosa police say Officer Joseph Mensah was physically assaulted outside his home Saturday night and a single shotgun round was fired into the home after a group of 50 to 60 people gathered there to protest the officer who has fatally shot three people over five years.
Mensah’s record has caught national attention and spurred multiple protests locally. He was suspended with pay in July by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission, and the families of his three victims say they plan to pursue legal action.
On Saturday, protesters began to vandalize Mensah’s home around 8:05 p.m., according to a news release from Wauwatosa police. Mensah “attempted to establish a dialog but was ultimately physically assaulted,” the release said.
As Mensah went inside, “armed protesters approached the rear door and a single shotgun round was discharged by a member of the group into Officer Mensah’s backdoor,” the release continues.
Several other police departments were called to help disperse the crowd.
In a Facebook post, Mensah said he was home with his girlfriend and that the shotgun shell missed hitting him by inches.
“I am all for peaceful protests, even against me, but this was anything but peaceful,” Mensah wrote.
“The irony in all of this is that they chanted Black Lives Matter the entire time, but had zero regard for any of the black children that live there or me, a black man,” his post continued.