Who is Joseph Mensah? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Proptestor Tried to Kill him, Investigation Report

Joseph Mensah Wiki – Biography

Joseph Mensah, a Black police officer in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin who has been the focal point of controversy over three fatal on-duty shootings, says protesters assaulted, punched, tried to kill, and shot at him and his girlfriend at her house on Saturday night, August 8. He claims they were chanting “Black Lives Matter” during the incident.

In a Facebook post written in the early morning hours of August 9, Mensah wrote,

Last night, protesters came to my girlfriend’s house while I was there, and tried to kill me. I was unarmed and tried to defend my property and the property of my girlfriend. We were both assaulted, punched, and ultimately shot at several times. A shotgun round missed me by inches. Not once did I ever swing back or reciprocate any the hate that was being directed at me. I am all for peaceful protests, even against me, but this was anything but peaceful. They threw toilet paper in her trees, broke her windows, and again, shot at both of us as they were trying to kill me. There are children that live there any the knew that. The irony in all of this is that they chanted Black Lives Matter the entire time, but had zero regard for any of the black children that live there or me, a black man.

Vaun Mayes, a prominent and controversial Black Lives Matter activist in Milwaukee, wrote Heavy through Facebook after being asked to comment: “What I will say is they are taking advantage of the moment. I can’t say who lead what. What I can say is I didn’t lead a damn thing and what happened should NOT have…. Yes, they got into a scuffle with some protestors. From what witnesses say, Mensah grabbed at one of the protestors weapons on a sling and the gun fired.” You can read Mayes’ full comment later in this article.

After reaching out to Mensah for comment, he wrote Heavy through Facebook: “There is a difference between a peaceful protest, and a plan to trespass on private property with the intent to damage it. My girlfriend and I had every right to defend the property from those that trespassed on it. At the end of the day, protesters chose to come to that house, no one forced them to. They chose to stay, they chose to damage property, they chose to assault us. Their decision to come onto the porch, continue their assault on unarmed and defenseless police officers, and ultimately try kill me was their decision, and their decision alone. The incident is currently under investigation and the evidence will speak for itself.”

The morning after the incident, a Wauwatosa police car was sitting near the home. Remnants of toilet paper and silly string and crime scene tape were visible in the yard, and a window appeared smashed.

Joseph Mensah Age

Joseph Mensah’s age is unclear.


The evening of the incident, Mayes posted a cryptic comment on Facebook that led to a flurry of people saying they would inbox him. “What in the entire f*** fam,” he wrote. He also posted a Facebook Live video that night that shows people at a local Target store.

Heavy reached out to him and asked for comment, including whether he was there and what he knew about what happened. Here is his comment in full:

What I will say is they are taking advantage of the moment. I can’t say who lead what. What I can say is I didn’t lead a damn thing and what happened should NOT have. I believe he and his wife are capitalizing to gain empathy and more donors, as they’ve already made 60k + in donations from him being suspended. Yes, they got into a scuffle with some protestors. From what witnesses say, Mensah grabbed at one of the protestors weapons on a sling and the gun fired. I do not believe any more shots than that one went off. I think protestors went to toilet paper his home and put up crime scene tape, and encountered Mensah and his GF or wife outside, possibly in the middle of a move. Mensah came out with a huge dog, which started the drama, there was some issue with him possibly pepper spraying into the crowd, which led to whatever did happen physically. I hate this situation is about to be blown up, because I support protests, and I in particular believe public figures homes/addresses are fair game to be protested, as they’ve always been in high profile incidents, not just police. If I were Mensah and his wife I would not have come outside to engage protestors, especially physically, which I’m sure they may have done so to in their mind protect property from being possibly damaged maybe.

Incidents like this happen when the families pile up without answers or justice, and honestly I’m glad neither they nor any protestors were seriously hurt or shot. I don’t agree with them playing total victims, as I can’t say if he did or didn’t pepper spray folks, or that them physically confronting protestors were the cause of whatever physically happened. These groups have been peaceful for months prior to this, and leaders/organizers have done a lot of work to ensure and enforce safety and peace. I know this incident will be seen as a stain, and a lot of folks may try to diminish the work and good that have come from these protests. I want elected officials and legislators to know is that we need change and reform NOW so that these incidents and protests don’t happen and aren’t necessary because the root issues not being addressed and fixed are the reason these things are happening and can possibly escalate. They may feel justified in protecting one another and their property, but the protestors may feel justified in defending themselves in their minds as well. I stand by the fact that Joseph Mensah should be fired and shouldnt be an officer, but I also will say this was unfortunate and this and any future or past incidents like it are on the hands and watch of legislators who refused to address and fix it by listening to solutions instead of posturing/picking one side over the other. You can support law enforcement without posturing against the people/community. I hope this incident is not also seen as an opportunity for law enforcement to try and blame leaders, in particular myself. I would never assault anyone, and I would never lead or encourage violence at protests, as most leaders wouldn’t either, although I know I can’t possibly speak for everyone. Activists are not liable for individuals and their actions, or at least they shouldn’t be. These are my comments on the situation, and I’ll screenshot and screen record my words in case they are skewed.

A previous arrest of Mayes by Milwaukee police accusing him of suspicion of burglary has sparked a lot of controversy in the community. He has not been charged in that case. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mayes is “on pretrial release for a federal case in which he’s accused of conspiracy to commit arson and witness intimidation” relating to 2016 unrest in Milwaukee.

Brief Video & Photos Emerged From the Scene

Brief video and photos emerged from the scene where Mensah says the attack occurred on the evening of August 8 in Wauwatosa near the Milwaukee border. Steven Radmer, a photojournalist at WISN-TV, who posted them on his Twitter page, wrote, “#breaking reports of shots fired into a home near 100th and Vienna on the northwest side of Milwaukee….. a number of people at the scene say a protest was in the area during the incident…. A number of law enforcement agencies are in the area.” Heavy has the direct address where the incident occurred but is withholding it.

There was a protest organized at Mayfair Mall on August 8, although it’s not clear which group of protesters is accused of being involved in the alleged incident at Mensah’s house. “Saturday August 8th at 2:00pm we’re meeting in the Currie Park parking lot (3535 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53222.) We will leave no later that 3:30pm in order to do a complete shutdown of both Mayfair Mall and The Cheesecake Factory. Yup, we’re coming for your money Wauwatosa and we won’t stop until we see Joseph Mensah along with his accomplice ‘Chief’ Barry Weber fired,” one widely shared Facebook post reads. Weber is the Wauwatosa police chief.

Cole’s family has been vocal in the media. “We’re hurt and we’re still working and that Joseph needs to be dealt with, he needs to be fired, he needs to be convicted. He should have never had a chance to kill again,” Taleavia Cole, Alvin’s sister, told Spectrum News in June. That story said the Milwaukee DA was given new evidence into Cole’s death.

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Police say that Cole fired a gun before he was shot by Mensah; his family says they have evidence that’s not true, according to Fox 6. “This isn’t right. It’s not right. This is the third time this has happened and it has to stop. Period,” Cole family attorney Kimberley Motley said of Mensah’s shootings in a June interview with that television station.

In July, Mensah wrote on Facebook,

Despite having evidence PROVING I have done nothing wrong, I have been suspended without a reason, without an explanation, WITHOUT CAUSE.

I sincerely hope all of my friends in the Law Enforcement community pay close attention to what’s being done to me. If you make the decision to defend your life, or the life of others, this is what will happen to you.

It’s been made very clear to me that my life does not matter and never did. If I had died instead, none of this would be happening. Let all of that sink in…

A local woman wrote on Facebook on August 8, “In under a minute I heard a gunshot and a window being smashed at the protest. Yall be safe.”

Go Fund Me

Mensah has also received some strong community support. There is a controversial GoFundMe page for Officer Mensah that has raised more than $70,000. It was organized by his brother.

The GoFundMe page reads,

I am Christopher Mensah–brother of Wauwatosa Police Officer, Joseph Anthony Mensah. Although we have received ample support from the Wauwatosa Police Department, Joseph has had to overcome the dissemination of false information about his personal life, slander, and defamation from multiple sources. Joseph has been treated unfairly and unjustly by mob mentality and anti-police rhetoric. The Mensah family has full confidence in the attorney paid for by the WPOA, who is currently representing Joseph during the proceedings with the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission. We are raising funds to pay for legal counsel to explore and take legal action against those that have unjustly accused him of wrongdoing, interfered with his ability to receive due process, and wrongly besmirched his character and integrity. Joseph is a well-known, respected, and decorated Police Officer, who has placed the public’s safety and trust before his own. His service to the community began in 2009 when he first joined law enforcement as a volunteer Reserve Police Officer, serving the same city that has now unjustly suspended him. In regards to the officer involved shootings associated with Joseph from 2015 and 2016, investigations were conducted by the Wauwatosa Police Dept., Milwaukee Police Dept., Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office. In both of those investigations, it was determined that Joseph’s actions were justified, and he did not violate any laws or department policies/procedures. The Mensah family plans to fight all the inaccurate dissemination of information and defamation of character which have been made. This will allow Joseph to clear his name so that he can be able to continue doing what he loves the most, and that is serving the community.


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