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Wauwatosa City Hall to close ahead of anticipated decision in the fatal shooting of Alvin Cole

Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah and Alvin Cole
Posted at 10:27 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 13:33:45-04

The Wauwatosa City Hall plans to close on at noon on Wednesday, ahead of the anticipated charging decision regarding the fatal shooting of Alvin Cole by police officer Joseph Mensah.

Mensah shot and killed Cole in February, outside of Mayfair Mall. Wauwatosa police said Cole shot at officers prior to the shooting.

The fatal shooting was Mensah's third in the past five years. He shot and killed Antonio Gonzalez in 2015 and Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016. Both shootings were ruled justified.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney is expected to announce a decision on Wednesday on whether or not he will charge Mensah in Cole's death.

Tracy Cole, Alvin's mother, said she and her family will finally learn Mensah’s fate on Wednesday afternoon in a meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

The Wauwatosa Library will also close at noon.

"Since mid-July, the Wauwatosa Police Department, in collaboration with the Governor Evers' office and other departments, has been preparing for the District Attorney's announcement, whenever it occurs. The WPD is fully prepared to deal with any unrest that might occur and will protect the safety of residents and businesses while protecting the constitutional rights of people to engage in peaceful protests," said Mayor Dennis McBride. "Whenever the District Attorney makes his announcement, we hope that people will remain peaceful and calm, and let the wheels of law and government continue to turn. We all must keep each other safe."

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