The Wauwatosa Police Department has investigated at least five separate incidents involving threats to the department or a specific officer since Dec. 5.

That was the day the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office announced that they would not be issuing charges toward Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah in the wake of Mensah shooting and killing of Jay Anderson Jr. this past summer. The Wauwatosa Police Department said that the threats may or may not be related to the DA's decision.

Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said that most of the threats have been made via phone or in writing and in one case an arrest had been made. The Wauwatosa police report shows an arrest made for unlawful use of a telephone Dec. 5 at 11:34 p.m. after a suspect made a threatening 911 call to the department.

Several of the threats have been directed at Mensah and in at least one of those cases violence was a part of the threat, Zalewski said.

Zalewski said that after an internal review of the Anderson shooting and the DA's findings that Police Chief Barry Weber will be deciding Mensah's future at the department.

"Normally when we receive a decision not to prosecute from the DA, the officer will return to duty," Zalewski said.

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