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Congressman ready to bring federal law enforcement agencies to Wauwatosa, letter says

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 19:38:26-04

In a letter to Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner said he was ready to contact federal law enforcement agencies to assist amid growing tensions between protesters and the police department.

The letter was sent to McBride days after police say protesters assaulted Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah at his girlfriend's home.

The incident happened Saturday night. Mensah said he had tried to talk with protesters outside of the home, but was attacked and even shot at. State Rep. David Bowen, who said he was at the protest, said Mensah was the instigator and even tried to fight the protesters.

Wauwatosa police said Bowen's claims were "false information."

"As I believe we are teetering on a crisis, I am offering my assistance," Sensenbrenner wrote. "I stand ready to contact federal law enforcement agencies and bring them to Wauwatosa in order to bring peace and tranquility back to the community."

Mensah has been the center of scrutiny by protesters after his involvement in three officer-involved shooting deaths. Two of them were deemed justified. The third one is currently under review.

In the press release from Wauwatosa police, they said they are investigating Saturday's incident, and "arrests will be made."

Read Sensenbrenner's full letter below:

Letter to Mayor McBride August 11 2020 by TODAY'S TMJ4 on Scribd

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