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Wauwatosa mayor, police chief to discuss next steps for the city following protests

Posted at 7:12 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 11:30:35-04

WAUWATOSA — Wauwatosa leaders are holding a meeting with the press on Monday morning after several nights of protesting in the city.

Groups of protesters have gathered in Wauwatosa every night since the Wednesday announcement in the Alvin Cole case. Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah shot and killed 17-year-old Cole back in February outside of Mayfair Mall. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced on Wednesday that no charges were to be filed against Mensah in the case.

Protesters have demanded Mensah's firing from the police department. Mensah has been on paid leave pending the investigation.

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride and Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber are hosting a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday to discuss plans for moving the city forward.

It will be the first time the police chief will address the media since the start of the unrest in the city. Chief Weber has shared messages with the public through social media, including the department's Facebook.

Leaders are expected to discuss the decision making that led up to the use of the National Guard and the way police officers have responded to protests. They will also touch on "next steps concerning Officer Mensah's employment."

The meeting will be held virtually.


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