Police Brutality Archives

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]

Trump signs police reform executive order that focuses on training, falls short of protesters’ demands

June 18, 2020

President Trump on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 addressed the issue of police brutality by taking executive action that would provide incentives for police departments to increase training about the use of force and to strengthen a national database to track misconduct. The president’s approach, which he announced at a Rose Garden event, seeks to leverage… [Read More]

Milwaukee Common Council approves “I can’t breathe” resolution

June 18, 2020

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the full Common Council voted unanimously in approving a resolution urging the Fire and Police Commission to adopt a policy addressing any “I can’t breathe” plea by an individual who is in police custody. The resolution was introduced by Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II in response to the recent death… [Read More]

Protests continued into third week to support George Floyd and police brutality

June 11, 2020

What started as a call for justice over the wrongful death of George Floyd, while in police custody, has turned into a nation-wide call to end police brutality, demilitarize police forces across the country, and pulling funds for weapons and military style training to other need areas. Here in Milwaukee the protests have stretched into… [Read More]

The death of George Floyd sparks protests in Milwaukee and across the world

June 4, 2020

Hundreds rallied Friday, May 29, 2020 and through the weekend in Milwaukee to denounce the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other acts of police misconduct across the country before marching to I-43 and shutting down part of the freeway. The protest began with a moment of silence to honor Floyd, who died… [Read More]