Wauwatosa, Wisconsin: BLM Riots in the Suburbs, Threatening People in Homes

Vandals looting a business in Wauwatosa, Youtube
On October 7, the prosecuting attorney announced that black Officer Joseph Mensah would not face any criminal charges after he fatally shot Alvin Cole, who reportedly fired first; this led to riots in Wauwatosa by Black Lives Matter and Antifa mercenaries. Rioters vandalized and looted businesses and caused damage to residential homes. The city is bracing for more destruction and is under curfew.

In February, Officer Mensah shot and killed Alvin Cole, a 17-year old black youth, in the parking lot of Mayfair Mall. The prosecutor said that Cole ran from the police, discharged a firearm he was carrying and was ordered to surrender the weapon. He did not surrender the weapon and was fired upon by Officer Mensah, causing his death. A witness said that Cole displayed a stolen 9 mm pistol while he was at the mall during an argument with another patron.

Officer Mensah has shot and killed a total of three people, including Cole, since 2015, and their families have called for him to be fired and criminally charged.

In August, 50 protesters gathered outside of Officer Mensah’s home and he reported that he was physically assaulted by them and someone fired a shotgun into the house.


A police officer in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, the prosecutor reviewing the case said Wednesday.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm wrote in a letter to the Wauwatosa police chief that there was “sufficient evidence” showing that officer Joseph Mensah believed deadly force was necessary and “that belief was objectively reasonable.”
“I do not believe that the State could disprove self-defense or defense of others in this case and therefore could not meet the burden required to charge Officer Mensah. With this I conclude my criminal review of the matter,” Chisholm wrote about his decision.
Kim Motley, an attorney for Cole’s family, told CNN the family learned about the decision in a meeting with Chisholm on Wednesday and said the district attorney is not stating Cole’s shooting was justified.
“We’ve always maintained that Officer Joseph Mensah should be held accountable for his actions, and unfortunately today, we disagree with Chisholm’s assessment of what he saw,” the attorney told reporters on Wednesday.
Cole was shot and killed outside a Wauwatosa mall on February 2 when police responded to a disturbance call, police said. Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber told reporters at the time that Cole fired a gun before an officer returned fire.
Weber called Cole’s death a tragedy in a statement on Wednesday and said the department “sympathizes with his family as they, and others, continue to grieve the loss of their loved one.”
“The administration of justice demands a legal and purposeful review of the facts. That was done in this case,” Weber said. “Police officers are put into difficult situations that require a decision to be made in fractions of seconds.”
In his report, Chisholm said Cole had a stolen 9 mm pistol while he was at the mall and displayed the pistol during an argument with another patron.
“He was encountered by Wauwatosa Police officers in the parking lot of Mayfair Mall, ran from the police, discharged the firearm and was ordered to surrender the weapon,” Chisholm wrote. “He did not surrender the weapon and was fired upon by Officer Mensah causing his death.”
Chisholm released an eight-minute compilation video of the night Cole was fatally shot.
The video shows what looks like an officer walking toward something and pointing a gun. Someone says “drop the gun,” before a gunshot sounds. Cole cannot be seen in the footage at the time of the shooting. What sounds like several gunshots can be heard soon afterward.

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4 months ago

Let true justice prevail as in this situation.