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Protests are forming in Wauwatosa for the third night after Mensah’s decision



On Friday, October 9th, protests broke out in Wauwatosa for the third time in a row.

Demonstrations broke out every night after the Milwaukee District Attorney̵

7;s decision on Wednesday not to file a criminal complaint against the Wauwatosa Police Bureau Joseph Mensah after he fatally shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole in February.

It was Mensah’s third fatal shooting in service in five years. He was also cleared of wrongdoing in the previous incidents.

On Friday, a group formed near 76th and North Avenues – near Wauwatosa Town Hall.

Law enforcement officers with shields and tactical vehicles attempted to enforce a curfew in the city from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Police officers could be heard asking protesters to spread over the loudspeaker several times after the curfew went into effect.

Shortly after 8 p.m., police officers used tear gas canisters and pepperballs to disperse the crowd of around 100 people and push them east down North Avenue.

Protests broke out in Wauwatosa for a third night after it was decided not to charge officer Joseph Mensah with the death of Alvin Cole

Protests broke out in Wauwatosa for a third night after it was decided not to charge officer Joseph Mensah with the death of Alvin Cole

Protests broke out in Wauwatosa for a third night after it was decided not to charge officer Joseph Mensah with the death of Alvin Cole

The Wauwatosa Police Department tweeted that bottles were thrown at officials before gas was used in a proliferation effort.

FOX6 News saw police officers handcuffed at the scene and took several people into custody.

The Milwaukee County Transit System temporarily suspended service on three routes affected by the demonstration and the presence of law enforcement agencies.

Rep. David Bowen at a protest in Wauwatosa following the decision not to indict officer Joseph Mensah in the event of Alvin Cole’s death

MP David Bowen addressed around 150 demonstrators outside Wauwatosa Town Hall on Friday.

Lynne Woehrle, from the Tosa Together community group, called the curfew put in place by the city as an excuse for law enforcement actions over the past two nights.

Cole’s mother and two of his sisters were arrested Thursday evening.

“I was just very upset about what happened last night and how the police treated the demonstrators over the past few nights,” said Woehrle.

On Friday afternoon, the Cole family lawyer, Kimberley Motley, said four members of Alvin Cole’s family were pulled from their vehicle while they were peacefully protesting and were arrested.

Protests in Wauwatosa following the decision not to charge Officer Joseph Mensah with the death of Alvin Cole

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Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber did not directly comment on what happened to the family in his first address on Friday since she was arrested. Instead, he spoke about guidelines for prosecuting protests in a video message shared on YouTube.

“When people show illegal or disorderly behavior, we give them multiple instructions to leave the area and follow the curfew requirements,” Weber said.

The police chief said the department’s main goal was to keep everyone safe.




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