Joseph Mensah, the Wauwatosa police officer who shot and killed Jay Anderson Jr. June 23, was reinstated effective Monday, Dec. 12.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office announced Dec. 5 that there would not be any charges filed against Mensah for the shooting of Anderson. According to information released Wednesday, Dec. 14 by the Wauwatosa Police Department, Mensah was assigned back to patrol after a review of the DA's decision.
The attorney for Anderson’s family, Jonathan Safran, said the family disagrees with the decision to put Mensah back on patrol.
“After the news conference by (Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber), the family and supporters expressed concerns with the fact that Officer Mensah should be allowed back on the street as a patrol officer, to interact with citizens, after being involved in two separate police shooting deaths over an 11-month period of time,” Safran said.
Safran added that the family felt strongly that Mensah’s actions were “both criminal and in violation of department policy” and also felt strongly that while the local U.S. Attorney’s Office and Department of Justice are investigating whether civil rights charges are warranted, that Mensah should remain on administrative leave.
Mensah had been assigned to administrative duty while the investigation was taking place.
In the days following the DA's announcement, the Wauwatosa Police Department had received at least five threats. Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said that the threats may or may not be related to the DA's decision. A person arrested for one of the threats was not charged but issued a citation for unlawful use of the telephone.