The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office issued a decision Wednesday on whether Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah will face criminal charges for the Feb. 2 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole.
There were no charges for Officer Mensah involved in a police shooting of a black teen in #Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in February after he shot at the officer.
Prosecutor Chisholm said, “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.”
— Angelica Sanchez (@AngSanchezFox6) October 7, 2020
THEY’RE ALL SET FOR MICHELLE OBAMA’S ‘OVERWHELMINGLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS’
The schools have gone virtual and there are concrete barriers around malls. Stores are boarded up and public facilities are shut down. It is all in preparation for Michelle’s ‘peaceful protests’ by Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Announcement expected 4:30p EST this afternoon https://t.co/uMIHpxVaQl
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) October 7, 2020
Wauwatosa, WI is taking the threat of “protests” very seriously.
Here is the gate they placed around the police station.
Officer Joseph Mensah’s verdict will be announced around 3 PM Central. pic.twitter.com/3YvmFWpxTm
— Mythinformed (@MythinformedMKE) October 7, 2020
Waiting for DA’s ruling of Officer Joseph Mensah shooting death of Alvin Cole https://t.co/PxIpc14adc
— JSOnline – NewsWatch (@js_newswatch) October 7, 2020
The decision has prompted Wauwatosa officials to shut down City Hall for about three days, beginning at noon Wednesday.
COLE FIRED AT THE OFFICER FIRST
Cole was shot and killed by Mensah outside Mayfair mall in February after a disturbance was reported inside the mall. Mensah fired five shots at Cole, police said.
It was the third fatal shooting involving Mensah in the last five years in Wauwatosa. Chisholm has ruled Mensah’s previous two fatal shootings, of Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson Jr., as justified self-defense.
Police said Cole ran from police and fired first with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, which was recovered at the scene. The gun was stolen, police said. An investigator said Cole fired accidentally, but he wouldn’t drop his gun when ordered to do so.
Police also said Cole was wearing a fanny pack that contained an extended magazine with 35 rounds in it.
Mensah and his girlfriend were injured when protesters came to his house this summer. Three people were charged after an incident in which a gunshot was fired into the home. Mensah was suspended for that and is appealing that decision.
A former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic looked into the most recent shooting at the request of the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission.
His report Wednesday concluded Mensah should be fired because the risk of a fourth shooting is too great.
In 3 hours DA John Chisholm is scheduled to meet with the family of #AlvinCole regarding the DA’s decision on #JosephMensah. Here is how an independent investigator described the Cole shooting from February 2. @WISN12News pic.twitter.com/H6HKjHkpzZ
— Derrick Rose (@DRoseTV) October 7, 2020
Police released the video of the shooting: