WAUWATOSA, WI.- If you want an example of how off the rails the war on police has gone, look no further than Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
“Last night, protesters came to my girlfriend’s house while I was there and tried to kill me. I was unarmed and tried to defend m property and the property of my girlfriend. We were both assaulted, punched and ultimately shot at several times.”
More on the attack in a moment. But first, the backstory of the victim.
He’s a police officer who has been involved in three shootings in the past five years AND where his use of deadly physical force was validated has been suspended by that city’s police and fire commission as of last Wednesday. That’s according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The commission took the vote in response to a complaint filed against Officer Joseph Mensah by the family of Jay Anderson Jr., who was fatally shot by Mensah in 2016.
The complaint also asks for Mensah to be fired, and the commission has approved hiring a third-party investigator to look into the case.
According to the Journal Sentinel, former U.S. attorney Steven Biskupic will lead the investigation, with Biskupic agreeing to complete the investigation on a pro bono basis.
It is believed that his investigation will take over 60 days to complete. Meanwhile, Mensah will continue to be suspended with pay until the commission decides on his employment status.
The police and fire commission suspended Joseph Mensah after receiving a citizen complaint on behalf of the family of a man the officer fatally shot in 2016. https://t.co/FVUX8m4RfD
— MyCommunityNow (@MyCommunityNOW) August 3, 2020
Besides the shooting of Anderson, Mensah has also shot and killed two other men in the past five years—Antonio Gonzalez in 2015, and Alvin Cole this past February.
The shooting of Gonzalez and Anderson Jr. were deemed justified self-defense, so it is puzzling why the commission took the action they did against Officer Mensah. In the meantime, the investigation into Cole’s shooting remains under investigation.
This past June, attorney Kimberley Motley filed a complaint against Mensah, acting as a representative for the three families of the men who were killed—Cole, Anderson and Gonzalez.
Despite two of the shootings being deemed justified uses of deadly physical force, Motley claimed during Wednesday’s meeting that “[Mensah] has become a significant risk to the public at large.”
Earlier last week, the Wauwatosa Common Council passed a resolution in which they called for Mensah’s removal from the police department.
It is imperative,” the resolution read, “that the City facilitate the transition of Officer Joseph Mensah from employment by the Wauwatosa Police Department.”
The resolution also mandated that the city’s administrator and police chief “effectuate such a change as quickly as possible.”
Mensah is an African American who was hired by the police department in january 2015. Several months later, Mensah and Officer Jeffrey Newman shot and killed Gonzalez, who was brandishing a sword and refused to drop it. Mensah shot Gonzalez eight times, according to reports filed at the time.
Just under one year later, Mensah approached a car in which Anderson was sleeping. As Mensah walked up to the vehicle, he spotted a gun in the car and when he believed Anderson was reaching for it, he shot Anderson six times, killing him.
Finally, this past February, Mensah shot and killed Cole after officers were called to a local mall for a report of some type of disturbance.
According to reports, Cole fired at responding officers first, utilizing a stolen firearm. Mensah fired back five times, killing Cole. Cole’s family, who were not present during the encounter nonetheless dispute the allegation that Cole fired his gun during the encounter.
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Despite the fact that Anderson’s death has already been investigated four times by different entities, that doesn’t seem to be enough for the detractors. Jonathan Cermele, who is representing Mensah said that the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Wauwatosa Police Department had all investigated the shooting and found Mensah’s actions to be justified.
“None of those entities, absolutely none of them, opined that charges of any kind whatsoever were appropriate,” Cermele said.
“In the end, I am confident that the commission is going to come to the same conclusion that every other investigatory authority has come to, and dismiss this complaint,” he added.
Recently, Mensah’s brother, Christopher, set up a GoFundMe page to assist Mensah with his legal expenses. He wrote that the money will be used “to explore and take legal action against those that have unjustly accused him of wrongdoing, interfered with his ability to receive due process, and wrongly besmirched his character and integrity.”
Currently, Mensah’s legal expenses are being paid for by the Wauwatosa Peace Officer’s Association, with Christopher Mensah saying that he and his family have “full confidence” in that representation.
As of August 1, the page had raised over $50,000, with an initial goal of just $25,000.
“Although we have received ample support from the Wauwatosa Police Department, Joseph has had to overcome the dissemination of false information about his personal life, slander, and defamation from multiple sources,” Christopher wrote. “Joseph has been treated unfairly and unjustly by mob mentality and anti-police rhetoric.”
As if all of that isn’t disturbing enough, the mob has now descended upon Officer Mensah and his girlfriend.
In a Facebook post, Mensah said the following as shared by “We Stand With The Madison Police Department:
“Last night, protesters came to my girlfriend’s house while I was there and tried to kill me. I was unarmed and tried to defend m property and the property of my girlfriend.
We were both assaulted, punched and ultimately shot at several times.
A shotgun round missed me by inches. Not once did I ever swing back or reciprocate any [of] the hate that was being directed at me.
I am all for peaceful protests, even against me, but this was anything but peaceful. They threw toilet paper in her trees, broke her windows, and again, shot at both of us as they were trying to kill me.
There are children that live there any [sic] the [sic] knew that.
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 liver there or me, a black man.”
— Gregory Jon (@gregoryjon) August 9, 2020
So, this is where we are at. Make no mistake about it. This claptrap about “black lives matter” is a blatant smokescreen for what is really going on.
This is an attempt by Marxist revolutionaries to take control of the narrative and use the so-called “systemic police racism” as a means to emasculate the police.
It has gotten to the point where even justified police shootings are no longer an acceptable response for police officers.
Neighbors who DO NOT want to go on camera tell me they witnessed a large group of people try to rush this home, heard loud bangs and saw the group throw toilet paper the tree.
— Chernéy Amhara (@CherneyAmharaTV) August 9, 2020
Who in God’s name is going to sign up to be a police officer under such ridiculous conditions? One where even if you are completely 100% justified in using deadly physical force your job is still on the line and the mob will ruin your life.
JUST IN: Tosa PD confirm a group of 50-60 people targeted Officer Joseph Mensah’s home. Mesash lives there with his girlfriend. Neighbors say 2 children live in the home as well.
— Chernéy Amhara (@CherneyAmharaTV) August 9, 2020
Yet, you have the NBA, NFL and MLB, Hollywood elites and Democrats all selling their souls to the devil to keep the mob at bay…for now. What will they want next? We have already witnessed BLM shaking down businesses in cities such as Louisville for “protection money.” The fact of the matter is these people will never be satisfied.
Law Enforcement Today will be watching this case closely. When an officer involved shooting has been investigated by four different entities, an officer’s job has been taken away from him at least temporarily, and then a violent mob shows up and tries to kill him in the name of “justice,” we are no better off than a third-world hell hole like Somalia.
This is not America. We are better than this. Or at least we were. This is Joe Biden’s America. Remember that on November 3.
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