Thursday, October 8, 2020

'The fight continues': Family of Alvin Cole, third person fatally shot by Tosa Officer Joseph Mensah, still calls for firing, charges

From JSOnline:

Ashley LuthernEddie Morales
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Wauwatosa police officer will not face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old outside Mayfair mall, but his job is at risk after an independent investigator recommended he be fired.

Officer Joseph Mensah acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Alvin Cole in the Mayfair mall parking lot, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Wednesday.

The decision marked the third time Chisholm has cleared Mensah in an on-duty fatal shooting, while Wauwatosa readied for possible protests and unrest Wednesday night and set a 7 p.m. curfew through Monday. Soon after the announcement, more than 100 protesters marched onto the I-94 freeway during rush hour.

In the last five years, Mensah has killed three people — Cole in February, Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016 and Antonio Gonzales in 2015. Mensah also did not face any internal discipline in those earlier two shootings.

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