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1940, 07 Oct 20

No Charges In Tosa Case

This was the correct decision.

Black Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager outside a suburban Milwaukee mall in February won’t be charged because he had reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole outside Mayfair Mall on Feb. 2 after police responded to a reported disturbance at the shopping center.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, in a 14-page letter laying out his rationale, said evidence showed Cole fled from police carrying a stolen 9 mm handgun. He cited squad car audio evidence, along with testimony from Mensah and two fellow officers, that he said showed Cole had fired a shot while fleeing and refused commands to drop the gun.

“He did not surrender the weapon and was fired upon by Officer Mensah causing his death,” Chisholm wrote. He concluded: “(T)here is sufficient evidence that Officer Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary and that belief was objectively reasonable.”


1940, 07 October 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    17 year old kid with a stolen gun, shoots himself running from police, then refuses to drop gun…I’m shocked mom and family members have audacity to get on TV and not comment on their bad parenting/guidence!

    If this was my kid, I would not be in front of media. If I was, i’d say my kid was awful and I apologize to poor officer and his family for my bad/failed parenting.

    17 year old with stolen gun…stupid, criminal choices have consequence.

  2. Mar

    And those peaceful thugs show their disdain by rioting.
    That’ll show them.

  3. Mar

    So, the family of the thug gets arrested last night.
    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree does it.

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