Home News Wisconsin police officer, who killed three people in five years, resigns

Wisconsin police officer, who killed three people in five years, resigns


A Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot three people in the line of duty in five years is resigning, city officials said.

Joseph Mensah, a Wauwatosa officer who has been suspended since July, entered a separation agreement with the Wauwatosa Common Council late Tuesday and will resign effective Nov. 30, Mayor Dennis McBride said.

“Now is the time for all of us to come together and heal,” McBride said in a statement. “We’ve made substantial progress during 2020, and in the coming year we’ll continue to focus on positive change for our community.”

Prosecutors have cleared Mensah of wrongdoing in the three fatal shootings, including that of 17-year-old black teen Alvin Cole in February that led to months of protests in the suburban Milwaukee town, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

But Mensah was suspended by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission following a complaint by relatives of Jay Anderson Jr., who was fatally shot in 2016 by the officer when he reached for a gun in his car in a city park, the newspaper reported.

Alvin Cole
Alvin ColeTaleavia Cole via AP

A year earlier, Mensah fatally shot Antonio Gonzales, 29, who refused to drop a sword, police said. Mensah had been on the job for just seven months at the time, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

An independent investigator, meanwhile, had recommended Mensah be fired on the same day prosecutors cleared him of wrongdoing in Cole’s death.

A possible fourth fatal shooting by the officer “creates an extraordinary, unwarranted and unnecessary risk” to Wauwatosa police and the city’s residents,” the investigator wrote.

Protesters march in Wisconsin around a line of National Guardsmen protecting the Wauwautosa City Hall last month.
Protesters march in Wisconsin around a line of National Guardsmen protecting the Wauwautosa City Hall last month.Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP

A Dec. 16 hearing had also been previously set for Mensah to argue to keep his job following his suspension, which he contested with a lawsuit in Milwaukee County, the newspaper reported.

“One simply cannot be disciplined for an act that has yet to occur,” Mensah’s attorney wrote in the filing.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Melvyn Bragg regrets not 'having ITV' for 'unfair dismissal' over The South Bank Show end

In 1978 ITV debuted The South Bank Show, a program that focused on theatre, TV, music and other forms of entertainment, celebrating the...

Roy Keane slams 'soft' Arsenal and insists 'I don't think the players are good enough'

Roy Keane slams 'soft' Arsenal and insists 'I don't think the...

Rob Holding's hilarious rant accusing Adama Traore of going down easily picked up by cameras

'He's built like a brick s***house, how's he gone down like...

Diego Maradona's daughter reduced to tears as Boca Juniors players applaud her after scoring

Diego Maradona's daughter reduced to tears in the stands as Boca...

Recent Comments