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Video shows crowd throw objects through apartment windows in Wauwatosa following Joseph Mensah decision

Posted at 11:35 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 00:35:39-04

WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- A video obtained by TMJ4 News shows a crowd of people throwing objects through the windows of an apartment building in Wauwatosa Wednesday evening, following the decision not to charge Officer Joseph Mensah in the shooting death of Alvin Cole.

In the video, the crowd throws what appear to be heavy objects through the windows, while others in the crowd implore them to stop.

Along with the apartments, several businesses along North Ave. were damaged Wednesday night, with several windows smashed along Swan and North.

Mensah shot and killed Cole on Feb. 2 outside of Mayfair Mall. Police said the 17-year-old had fired at officers first before being shot. A report from former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, who was selected to be an independent investigator found, however, that "Cole did not fire at Officer Mensah or any other officer. Cole shot himself in the arm while running away from the officers.”

The fatal shooting was Mensah's third in the past five years; the two previous shootings were ruled justified as well. Mensah shot and killed Antonio Gonzales in 2015 and Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016.

City Hall closed early on Wednesday ahead of the district attorney's decision, and the school district switched all classes to virtual instruction.

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