Wisconsin police chief says he has no reason to fire officer who fatally shot Alvin Cole

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A Wisconsin police chief told reporters that he had no reason to fire the officer who shot and killed a Black teenager, the third person the officer shot and killed in the past five years.
The police chief in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, said Monday he had no reason to fire the officer who fatally shot a Black teenager, the third person the officer fatally shot in the past five years.

Alvin Cole, 17, was shot by Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who is also Black, outside Mayfair Mall in early February after police responded to a reported disturbance at the shopping center. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm cleared Mensah in the case last week, sparking days of protest.

Mensah's employment status remains the same as the city's Police and Fire Commission investigates a complaint against him, Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said during a press conference on Monday.

"There is a process that is in place, but Joseph Mensah has been cleared by the district attorney in three different cases," Weber said. "There's been no reason up to this point and none that I can see that he should be removed from the force. He's acted legally and lawfully in all previous actions that I'm aware of."

In 2015, Mensah shot and killed Antonio Gonzales in 2015 after police said Gonzales refused to…
Doha Madani, The Associated Press, Diana Dasrath
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