Police chief says there's no reason to fire Wisconsin officer who killed teen

www.cbsnews.com
3 min read
standard
Officer Joseph Mensah fatally shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole on February 2 outside the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.
Milwaukee — The police chief of a Milwaukee suburb that has seen protests and unrest since an officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Black teenager in February said Monday that he sees no reason why the officer should be fired.

Joseph Mensah, who is also Black, fatally shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole on February 2 outside the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa. Cole was the third person Mensah shot and killed since joining the police force five years ago.

Milwaukee County's district attorney announced last week that like the first two fatal shootings, Mensah would not be charged in Cole's death. In his report, he noted that officers said Cole pointed a gun at them and refused to drop it, and that Mensah could successfully argue he fired in self-defense.

Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Although Mensah won't face charges, the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission is considering firing him. The commission asked an independent investigator, former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, to look into a complaint filed by the family of one of the men Mensah killed.

In a report provided to The Associated Press by Cole's family's attorney, Biskupic recommended that Mensah be fired because he felt the risk was too great that Mensah would fatally shoot someone else, which would create "an extraordinary, unwarranted and…
CBS News
Read full article