The shooting of Alvin Cole, a 17-year-old, in the parking lot of a Wisconsin mall, was determined as legitimate use of deadly force. This, according to Milwaukee County’s Attorney General and Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber.
On Feb. 2 of this year, officers responded to a call of a possible gun-involved domestic disturbance at the Mayfair Mall. Alvin Cole allegedly displayed a gun to a man he believed had laughed at him.
A description of Cole was given by the man to police. Police found Cole and two other people and both parties began to run. One female stopped and put her hands up. Cole and another man keep running. The other man was later arrested.
Cole pulled a gun from a fanny pack and accidentally discharges it into his arm. Officers confirm they heard a shot and saw a muzzle flash.
Officer Joseph Mensah arrives when Cole is outside or fleeing the mall. Mensah gave chase and drew near to Cole. Cole was either kneeling or supine, but still had the pistol in his hand. According to an independent report, the gun was still pointed at police. Mensah shot Cole five times.
The independent report was contracted out to Steven Biskupic, an attorney, and a small team of federal agents. It was undertaken at the cost of Wauwatosa PD.
Ultimately, the investigation was unable to find any significant legal or procedural violations in the case. Because Joseph Mensah had been involved in other fatal shootings, a former deceased’s family had been pressuring the department on this.
Certain discrepancies involving dashcam procedures and unsanctioned statements on radio and podcast interviews by Mensah regarding this and other cases were found. Fearing a next disputed shooting, Steve Biskupic recommended discharge.
A local police union rep acknowledged the possibility of private-to-private decisions to mutually part ways. However, the spokesperson Jim Palmer, called the recommendation “utterly preposterous” claiming that conjecture on what might happen in the case of another shooting is insufficient grounds.
A statement released by the Wauwatosa police on their Twitter page stated, in part:
“The administration of justice demands a legal and purposeful review of the facts. That was done in this case. Police officers are put into difficult situations that require a decision to be made in fractions of seconds.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has concluded that Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah’s decision to use deadly force on February 2nd was justified and reasonable according to the legal foundation of the laws of our state.”
They also cite their agreement with Milwaukee County DA’s decision not to charge Mensah.
In the interim between the release of this statement and the shooting of Alvin Cole, officer Mensah was targeted by BLM activists.
Their usual racist narrative that they typically use against police didn’t work since Mensah is black, but the group harassed and tried to intimate the officer and his girlfriend.
Wauwatosa Police say a group of “50 to 60 armed protesters” gathered outside of Joseph Mensah’s Wauwatosa home. Mensah tried to speak to the mob but was assaulted.
“As Officer Mensah retreated into his home, armed protestors approached the rear door and a single shotgun round was discharged by a member of the group into Officer Mensah’s backdoor,” said a statement released by Wauwatosa police.
After the release of the statement, the expected protests soon took place. A curfew for the city from 7pm to 6pm was enacted.
Videos posted to the PD account’s page show rioters both in downtown commercial locations but also large crowds smashing windows and sounding airhorns through a residential area.
Motorcyclists did burnouts on at least one resident’s lawn. An apartment building was targeted and windows were smashed. The escalation of unrest into heavy-residential areas has not been seen often in earlier protests.
After being warned by police, the unlawful, nonpeaceful protesters were met with smoke and pepper spray to stop the lawlessness from continuing.
Listen to John Di Lemme’s interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro on this episode of the Conservative Business Journal Podcast News Media Series about the lawlessness in America and why it has nothing to do with “peaceful protests”…