Live Wauwatosa updates: Cole's family upset at DA's decision not to charge Officer Joseph Mensah

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Journal Sentinel reporters are covering the decision by the Milwaukee County District Attorney in the case of Joseph Mensah shooting Alvin Cole.
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Journal Sentinel reporters are covering the Milwaukee County District Attorney Office's decision Wednesday whether or not to file criminal charges against Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah in the Feb. 2 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole.

Anticipating unrest, the City of Wauwatosa has shut down City Hall for three days, with plans to reopen Monday. Tosa schools have also shifted to an all-virtual model for the rest of the week.

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Check back for updates as stories continue to develop.

Neighborhood groups protest closures in Wauwatosa

Three Wauwatosa neighborhood groups criticized law enforcement agencies' preparation for potential unrest in the city following District Attorney John Chisholm's decision not to charge Officer Joseph Mensah.

In a statement from Tosa Together, Indivisible Tosa and Tosa Moms Tackling Racism: "It is with great disappointment that we see our city being closed down out of fear and distrust of what might happen."

Several businesses and government offices in Wauwatosa closed early Wednesday in anticipation of unrest or violence, some even boarding up windows. Gov. Tony Evers authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support local police in Wauwatosa, and military vehicles were outside Mayfair Mall Wednesday afternoon.

"Outside agitators are a concern, but the expected sharp escalation in militarized police practices is vastly disproportionate," the groups said in a statement.

"Our mayor has decided to take actions this week that show how much control the police have. They show the escalatory tactics that our police department utilizes when controlled by fear and implicit bias…
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