The officer, identified as Joseph Mensah, was assaulted by a group of 60 people at around 8 p.m. on Saturday, August, 8, while he was staying at his girlfriend's home in Wauwatosa, a city directly to the west of Milwaukee.
According to the news release published by the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD), Mensah first tried to deescalate the situation by speaking with the group. However, diplomacy did not work with the agitators, as the officer “was ultimately physically assaulted outside of his home.” When Mensah tried to retreat to the safety of the house, several of the rioters who were bearing firearms followed. One person approached the back of the house and fired a single shotgun round into the rear door.
Fortunately, the WPD was able to disperse the violent mob, with help from numerous neighboring agencies. Officials from the department said that the investigation into the attack is ongoing. WPD Chief Barry Weber has met with his command staff to discuss the incident, and they have announced that steps have been taken to ensure Mensah's safety.
For his part, Mensah issued a statement stating that when he confronted the violent mob, he was unarmed and trying to defend his property and that of his partner. “We were both assaulted, punched and ultimately shot several times.” He added that a shotgun round missed him, without elaborating. Without a more detailed statement, the extent of Mensah and his partner's injuries remains unclear.
“The irony in all of this is that they chanted Black Lives Matter the entire time, but had zero regard for any of the Black children that live there or for me, a Black man.” (Related: Seattle police chief's home targeted by Black Lives Matter because of her opposition to defunding the police.)
The mayor of Wauwatosa, Dennis McBride, said in a statement that the event “was not a peaceful protest; it was criminal behavior.”
“If the perpetrators of this criminal behavior are identified, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.”
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Mensah may have been targeted by the Antifa and BLM mob due to his involvement in the deaths of three individuals, one of whom died in February.
The first two officer-involved shootings occurred in 2015 and 2016. A judge ruled that both deaths were justified. The third involved Mensah shooting a 17-year-old boy.
The Wauwatosa Common Council unanimously voted to suspend Mensah from the WPD back in July due to his involvement in the latest shooting. The case is still being reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
Mensah, who claims to have fired upon the 17-year-old in self-defense, said in a radio interview that nobody can explain why the common council voted to suspend him, which makes him believe that it was done to appease the rioters. Mayor McBride also seems to want to placate the mob, as he has called on Mensah to “transition from the Wauwatosa Police Department's employment.”
David Bowen, a Democratic representative for the Wisconsin State Assembly's 10th district, had a radically different account of the events that unfolded. In a statement released on social media, Bowen described Mensah as “an out of control, yelling and aggressive man that came out of his house with the goal to provoke peaceful protesters and incite violence.”
Bowen said that nobody tried to kill Mensah or his girlfriend.
Bowen accused Mensah of totally fabricating the events. According to him, nobody tried to kill Mensah or his partner and enter their home, nobody fired more than one shot and the one demonstrator with the shotgun did not fire a round into the backdoor.
Bowen further asserts that Mensah left out several key details in his statement, such as how he supposedly pepper-sprayed the crowd and brought a large dog with him to potentially attack them. He also claims that Mensah chose to engage with the rioter with the shotgun, and in the ensuing confrontation, it was Mensah that pulled the trigger.
The WPD has pushed back on Bowen's statements, calling them unsupported by the facts. However, they refused to divulge any more information because the investigation is still ongoing.
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