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Jay-Z's Team Roc calls for firing of Wauwatosa police officer

Posted at 6:28 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 20:42:45-04

WAUWATOSA — Jay-Z's Team Roc is calling for the firing of a Wauwatosa police officer who has killed three men of color in the past five years.

Team Roc is apart of Roc Nation, an entertainment company that was founded by rapper Jay-Z. According to their website, they work to "effect positive change in the communities that we touch around the world." Simply put, they advocate for people whose voices are not being heard.

Now, they're advocating for voices here in Wisconsin. The organization took out an ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Thursday and shared a letter to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

Within the letter, Team Roc called for the prosecution of Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah, who has shot and killed three Black men since he joined the department in 2015.

Team Roc listed those men as Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales, and Jay Anderson. They also noted that a total of 19 bullets were used in their deaths.

In the letter, Team Roc said Mensah's actions "demonstrate an utter disregard for the lives of these young black men." They continued on by acknowledging the lack of body cameras within the police department.

They wrote, "the failure to preserve video evidence has impeded multiple investigations."

The team is demanding that Mensah be fired and prosecuted. They're also asking that the department outfit all officers with body cameras.

"Outside of these three tragedies associated with Mensah, no other fatal shootings by police have taken place in Wauwatosa since Mensah joined the force in 2015," wrote Team Roc. "Doesn't that tell you something?"

You can read the full letter below.

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