Joseph Mensah Archives

Special prosecutors won’t charge former Wauwatosa officer in Jay Anderson, Jr.’s death

June 2, 2022

Special prosecutors say former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah intentionally caused the shooting death of Jay Anderson, Jr., but they will not charge him. The decision validates a district attorney’s finding years ago that Mensah had acted in self-defense when he shot Anderson, Jr. The special prosecutors, Milwaukee attorney Scott Hansen and La Crosse County… [Read More]

Three officers granted immunity in new investigation into Joseph Mensah

January 6, 2022

The Milwaukee County judge who ruled last summer there was probable cause to charge former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah with a crime in a deadly 2016 shooting, granted immunity Monday, January 3, 2022, to three Wauwatosa officers in the new investigation into the shooting days before the officers were scheduled to meet with the… [Read More]

Wauwatosa police officer will be charged in the 2016 slaying of Jay Anderson

August 5, 2021

A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday, July 25, 2021, found probable cause to charge a police officer in the 2016 slaying of a Black man who was sitting in a parked car, taking the rare step of overruling prosecutors years after they declined to charge the officer. Milwaukee County Judge Glenn Yamahiro said probable cause existed… [Read More]

Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah suspended by city’s Police and Fire Commission

July 30, 2020

Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah has been suspended by the city’s Police and Fire Commission (PFC). The unanimous vote by five commissioners, done virtually over Zoom because of the pandemic, came as part of a special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, that accepted administrative charges filed against Mensah by the family of Jay Anderson…. [Read More]

Families of 3 people killed by same Wauwatosa police officer protest, file complaints; Common Council responds with plans for body cameras

July 2, 2020

All over Wauwatosa on Thursday, June 18, 2020, calls for justice could be heard as the families of three people — all of whom were killed by the same Wauwatosa police officer — filed citizen complaints. Four years after Jay Anderson Jr.’s death, his family filed a citizen complaint against the officer who killed him…. [Read More]