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BLM Rioters Smash Home Windows In Neighborhood After DA Declines to Charge Officer in Fatal Shooting

Last night in Wauwatosa, a city just west of Milwaukee, protesters marched through residential neighborhoods and broke home windows. To understand why, we must return to February of this year.

On February 2nd, Officer Joseph Mensah responded with fellow police officers to a 911 call from the Mayfair Mall. There were reports of a man, later identified as 17-year-old Alvin Cole, brandishing a gun inside the mall while in an argument with a shopper. When police arrived, Cole attempted to flee.

According to the findings of the investigation, Cole discharged his weapon while running, accidentally shooting himself in the arm. When officers ordered him to drop his weapon, Cole refused and pointed the gun at the officers. Officer Mensah fired five shots, killing Cole.

The weapon Cole was carrying turned out to be stolen. Both his age and his previous felony juvenile convictions meant that Cole was not legally allowed to carry.

You can read more details of the shooting here, here, and here.

On Wednesday afternoon – eight months after the incident – John Chishom, the Milwaukee County District Attorney, announced that Officer Mensah would not be charged for the fatal shooting of Cole.

“In this case, there is sufficient evidence that Officer Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary,” Chishom wrote, “and that belief was objectively reasonable. I do not believe that the State could disprove self-defense or defense of others in this case, and therefore, could not meet the burden required to charge Officer Mensah.”

In response to Chishom’s decision, protesters gathered to march through the streets, carrying signs and chanting the familiar “Black Lives Matter” and “no justice, no peace.”

Events quickly turned violent.

Protesters began throwing rocks at buildings and at police officers.

Wauwatosa Police worked in conjunction with National Guard members to try to control the crowd. They declared the gathering “an unlawful assembly” after 8:30 PM. When protesters refused to disperse, police deployed tear gas.

As protestors moved into neighborhoods, the police advised residents to “shelter in their homes, lock their doors, and move away from windows.”

TownHall senior writer, Julio Rosas, shared video and reports via Twitter through the evening, reporting on the smashing of storefront and home windows as rioters moved through the city and into neighborhoods.

Residents tried to stop the protesters, appealing to them that many residents support the Black Lives Matter cause.

Around midnight, a group of men looted a Speedway gas station.

Residents are in the process of cleaning up the destruction. In the daylight of Thursday morning, Rosas captured pictures of the damage that many homeowners and business owners woke up to:

Earlier this summer, Officer Mensah was assaulted at his own home by a group of between 50-60 people chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

Wauwatosa is under a 7 PM to 6 AM curfew through Monday.

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