As Black Lives Matter movement grows day by day, more people are joining the cause and protesting against police brutality. One such case of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, who was shot Dead By a black police officer outside a shopping mall in February 2020 has sparked huge protests on the streets of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. These protests come in the light of Milwaukee County district attorney John Chisholm declaring that no charges will be pressed against officer Joseph Mensah after the police departments internal inquiry.
The situation has become violent as the city imposed a curfew after Chisholm’s decision which many of the protestors decided to disobey. Most protestors marched silently while others reportedly threw stones at law enforcement officers, vandalised shops and caused arson in public. Here’s everything you need to know.
John Chisholm’s report on Alvin Cole’s shooting
Chisholm presented details of his investigation into the incident and the reasons for his decision not to charge Mensah in a letter and a report where he stated that there was not any evidence to contradict the fact that officer Mensah acted in self-defence against the armed teenager. Chisholm said that in his investigation, he found that Cole had a stolen 9mm pistol which he displayed at the Mayfair Mall during an argument with another person. This led to police being called after which Mr Cole decided to run to the parking lot, DA’s Report suggests that Alvin discharged his firearm and refused to surrender which caused Joseph Mensah to shoot him in self-defence. Chisholm said, ” there is sufficient evidence that Officer Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary and that belief was objectively reasonable”. Alvin Cole’s sister, Taleavia Cole, insisted the shooting wasn’t justified because her brother could not have fired at Mensah and also said their battle for justice is not over.
Cause of Protests
Wauwatosa, a city of about 48,000 people five miles west of Milwaukee is on fire as people are enraged over Crisholm’s report. According to an independent investigator, Steven Biskupic Officer Joseph Mensah has already been involved with two fatal shootings before this one. He was also not wearing any camera or recording device at the time of shooting which makes his case very suspicious. Former US attorney Biskupic said he was most surprised that an officer who has been involved in two fatal shootings has never been investigated or disciplined before. In 2016, he shot a man named Jay Anderson Jr. in his car after he said Mr Anderson reached for a gun. In 2015, Officer Mensah fatally shot Antonio Gonzalez, who was wielding a sword when the police confronted him. Family of Alvin has also made statements that if he was suspended before their son would be alive.
About Wisconsin Protests
Protesters have been peaceful as they are marching around public offices and government buildings chanting the names of everyone who was shot by Officer Mensah. Protesters surrounded the Milwaukee County Public Safety Building while Cole’s attorney and family members met with the District Attorney.
However, late Wednesday Wauwatosa police tweeted a video of protesters throwing rocks through store windows. Police stated that these protests have converted in large public disturbance and threat to public property.
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