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Family files complaint against Wauwatosa Police Officer for 2016 shooting death

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 19:27:02-04

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — While Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah is under investigation for the shooting death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, another family is coming forward and demanding justice.

Protesters packed the Wauwatosa Police Department on Thursday demanding the firing of Officer Mensah and to meet with the police chief. They were told the chief was not available.

This scene unfolded shortly after the family of Jay Anderson Jr. filed a complaint against Officer Mensah along with multiple records requests.

"This will never go away. I’m going to grieve the rest of my life and I gotta get justice," said Jay Anderson Sr., the father of Jay Anderson Jr.

2016 dash-cam video showed Officer Mensah approached Anderson who was inside a car. Officials said Anderson dropped his hand near a gun, that's when Officer Mensah shot him multiple times.

That shooting was ruled justified.

The Anderson family attorneys believe any new evidence will warrant a re-examination of his death.

"There are a lot of changes that need to be made in policing and Wauwatosa Police Department has been a problem," said attorney Deja Vishny.

Vishny and Kimberley Motley were recently retained by the Anderson family. The attorneys are also working with Alvin Cole's family.

Mensah is the same officer connected to the 2015 death of Antonio Gonzales and the 2020 death of Alvin Cole.

That connection sparked outcry and demands to fire Officer Mensah and the police chief.

The District Attorney has not yet announced a decision in Cole's case.

Last week, Wauwatosa's police chief told TMJ4 News he expects Cole’s death to be deemed justified as it was in Anderson’s case.

"When people say that he should be fired because of these three incidents they don't know the facts of the cases," Chief Barry Weber previously said.

TMJ4 News reached out to Wauwatosa Police today for comment but did not hear back.

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