Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 11, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON —“Social Justice” has devolved into mob justice in Wauwatosa.
On Saturday, a mob of Black Lives Matter protesters “targeted” Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah, venadlized his girlfriend’s home and fired a shotgun at the back door, according to a police report.
“Officer Mensah attempted to establish a dialogue with the group but was ultimately physically assaulted outside his home,” the report states, adding that the group was estimated between 60 and 70 people.
Mensah is on paid administrative leave while investigators look into the officer’s fatal shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole. The black teen allegedly fired a handgun at officers at Mayfair Mall during the Feb. 2 shooting.
Mensah has fatally shot three men in five years; the two previous officer-involved shooting cases have been ruled justified, that Mensah acted in self-defense.
Black Lives Matter protesters have made Mensah the face of police brutality and social injustice in suburban Milwaukee, demanding the black police officer be fired and charged with homicide. They’ve received the backing of most on Wauwatosa’s woke city council.
Mensah detailed Saturday’s events on his Facebook page. His description is a harrowing account of mob justice.
“Last night, protesters came to my girlfriend’s house while I was there, and tried to kill me,” he wrote. The officer went on to write:
“I was unarmed and tried to defend my property and the property of my girlfriend. We were both assaulted, punched, and ultimately shot at several times. A shotgun round missed me by inches. Not once did I ever swing back or reciprocate any (of) the hate that was being directed at me. I am all for peaceful protests … even against me, but this was anything but peaceful. They threw toilet paper in her trees, broke her windows, and again, shot at both of us as they were trying to kill me. There are children that live there … 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 me, a black man.
The Wauwatosa Police Department received assistance in disbursing the crowd from numerous neighboring agencies. Police say the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
As city officials continued to placate the mob, area lawmakers demanded an end to criminal violence excused as “peaceful protest.”
“The attack on Wauwatosa Police officer Joseph Mensah cannot be justified. It was not a ‘protest.’ It was an attempt to circumvent two ongoing investigations and insert vigilante justice targeting his family, his neighbors, and those that may support him. It was fueled by hate, not legitimate action for change,” state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), a former law enforcement agent, said in a press release Monday.
“No one should be targeted for violence and intimidation because of the job they hold – whether they are police officers, teachers, nurses, or referees – anyone.”
State Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) said the mob attack amounted to an assassination attempt on Mensah’s.
“I encourage local, state, and federal authorities to investigate the incident and bring all parties to justice. Arrests should be made of the shooter and all parties that trespassed on private property, witnessed the incident, and fled,” Kooyenga said.