Officer Joseph Mensah
Officer Joseph Mensah
Quite strangely, Officer Joseph Mensah’s career took a turn for the worse following the George Floyd riots.
And ever since, BLM protesters have been demanding that Officer Mensah be fired from the Wauwatosa Police Department—because he was involved in line-of-duty shootings with “three persons of color.” Yes, you read that correctly.
Officer Mensah Appealing His Suspension
September 16, 2020
As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Officer Mensah is appealing his suspension.
Meanwhile, BLM protesters continue to decry racism and demand that Officer Mensah be terminated—while the (white) President of the Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association is trying to prevent (black) Officer Mensah from being fired.
The Back Story
Protesters wanted him fired. Now they fired at him…
Despite so-called eye-witness claims, including the claim that the protest was “peaceful,”, three people have since been arrested in connection with the shotgun blast that narrowly missed Officer Mensah outside his residence.
According to a Wisconsin Public Radio article, a BLM leader in the Milwaukee area admitted that BLM protesters went to residence of Officer Mensah and his girlfriend to vandalize it.
This is the same Officer Mensah that Black Lives Matter protestors and “social justice” organizations — including Jay-Z’s Team Roc — have demanded to be “fired from the police force immediately.”
In a full-page newspaper ad, Team Roc and other organizations also demanded that Officer Mensah be prosecuted because he “shot and killed THREE men of color.”
The Jonas Brothers have even jumped on the band wagon demanding that Officer Mensah be prosecuted.
White Officials Want a Black Officer Fired to Fix “Racist History”?
“Last year, Wauwatosa acknowledged our racist history…”
Alderperson Heather Kuhl then argued that:
“as long as Joseph Mensah is representing the city of Wauwatosa and our Police Department, we cannot purport to have any serious conversations about repairing the damage of our past and committing to building a community that is inclusive for all.”
Obviously, a few obvious facts may have been overlooked…
Of course facts matter. But social media mobs — and others who react before they think — don’t seem to care about the facts, the truth, or even justice.
In the aftermath of a social media witch hunt, Officer Mensah has been convicted in the court of news and social media. His character and reputation have been severely damaged in hundreds of questionable articles.
A Black Officer Condemned by Black Lives Matter for “Shooting Men of Color”—And Suspended by an All-white Commission
Black Lives Matter protesters rallied against Officer Mensah for killing “men of color”—even though Officer Mensah is obviously an officer “of color.”
And if that weren’t enough hypocrisy, Officer Mensah was suspended by an all-white city commission.
However, despite the nonsense and hypocrisy, the facts clearly vindicate Officer Mensah’s actions.
Three Weapons, Three Shootings
Many police officers may never have to face a deadly force encounter during their careers. Other officers are less fortunate. And in three separate incidents, Officer Mensah encountered individuals armed with deadly weapons:
Police Commands Were Ignored
There’s another set of facts many are trying to hide or ignore: each of the armed individuals Officer Mensah encountered refused to drop their deadly weapons or otherwise follow repeated police commands.
The Shootings Were Justified
Officer Mensah’s First Encounter with a Deadly Weapon
After investigating the first incident in 2015, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office ruled that Officer Mensah was justified in using deadly force to defend himself against deadly force. Officer Mensah—and another officer—both fired their weapons. And Officer Mensah received a Medal of Valor for his actions.
This incident was investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Wauwatosa Police Department.
Second Encounter with a Deadly Weapon
After investigating the second incident in 2016, the district attorney’s office ruled that Officer Mensah was justified. The United States Attorney’s Office for Eastern Wisconsin also reviewed the case for potential civil rights violations—and found none.
And as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice said, “there are a number of pieces of evidence that corroborate Mensah’s version of the events leading to the shooting. The DOJ said police found the gun on the front passenger seat and that Anderson’s DNA was later found on the gun”—and that the individual “kept reaching for it despite the officer’s command not to do so.”
Third Encounter with a Deadly Weapon
The third incident, which occurred in February 2020, has yet to be officially determined. However, even though the district attornye has yet to complete the investigation—city politicans have demanded that Officer Mensah be fired immediately.
And after the urging of Alderperson Kuhl and not having all the facts or the results of the district attorney’s investigation, the Police and Fire Commission has suspended Officer Mensah—without any explanation whatsoever.
The National Fraternal Order of Police & The WPOA Stand with Officer Mensah
The Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association and the National Fraternal Order of Police support Officer Mensah—and have denounced the actions that city officials have taken. And they are fighting back to protect Officer Mensah’s right to due process.
We’re tracking this case very closely. And we’ll add any press releases, court documents, and other updates daily.