Mensah has fatally shot two different individuals of shade, one a Latino and American Indian man named Antonio Gonzalez, and 17-year-old Alvin Cole, a Black teen, NBC Information reported. Mensah killed Gonzales in 2015 and prosecutors did not cost the cop, saying Gonzales refused to drop a sword he was holding. Prosecutors additionally determined to not cost Mensah in Cole’s demise, throughout which Mensah shot the teenager whereas he was working from police at a mall in 2020. Mensah claimed Cole pointed a gun at him, NBC Information reported, in a capturing that set off a number of days of protests. Mensah in the end resigned final November, taking dwelling a $130,000 severance examine and occurring to function a deputy employed below Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson.
Mensah’s legal professional, Jonathan Cermele, instructed NPR station WUWM the decide heard proof “from one aspect and one aspect solely … We weren’t in a position to be concerned, we weren’t in a position to cross-examine or present witnesses,” he mentioned. “The decide made a name on a really restricted quantity of proof.”
Yamahiro mentioned throughout courtroom proceedings: “The proof has proven that on June 23, 2016, Officer Mensah drove into Madison Park parking zone in 3:01 a.m., and positioned his automobile roughly two automotive lengths going through the Anderson automobile together with his excessive beam lights on and his emergency flashing blue and purple lights off. Failure to activate the emergency lights is important as a result of doing so would have robotically activated the sprint digital camera of Officer Mensah’s SUV squad automotive.”
Yamahiro mentioned Mensah ought to have realized that pulling out his weapon “created an unreasonable threat of demise” and the officer might have deescalated the encounter just by ready for beforehand referred to as backup to reach. Severson mentioned in an announcement WUWM obtained that he “can be reviewing all of his choices, and could have a extra detailed assertion and resolution forthcoming.”
Lawyer Kimberley Motley, who represents the households of Anderson, Cole, and Gonzales, instructed WUMW the John Doe course of delivered to gentle proof the general public merely wasn’t aware of. “Everyone knows a Jay Anderson,” she mentioned. “Everyone knows a younger man who has a daughter who’s only a good man. And his daughter is now six years previous. She is going to by no means have Jay Anderson in her life.
“You might have a proper to combat for justice so long as you do it inside the authorized avenues. I hope individuals perceive and perceive that is nonetheless a authorized course of and all of us must see how this performs out.”
Motley additionally referred to as Cermele’s response to the decide’s resolution “pathetic” in an interview with legal protection legal professional and TV host Yodit Tewolde. “Mensah was additionally a witness that we subpoenaed close to this John Doe listening to,” Motley mentioned. “We truly requested him, subpoenaed him to come back and testify to inform his aspect of the story, however as a substitute of coming, Mensah hid and he determined to not come to courtroom and as a substitute he despatched his lawyer to argue that he has the correct to stay silent, which is his constitutional proper.” Motley mentioned Mensah was “cowardly” when he determined to not come to courtroom after controlling the narrative within the case publicly for the final 5 years. “And albeit, if he desires the world to listen to his story, why isn’t Mensah doing interviews proper now?” Motley requested. “Let him exit in entrance of the microphone and inform the world what occurred cuz we’re listening.”
Anderson’s mother and father, Linda and Jay Anderson, instructed Tewolde they’re grateful for Motley. “I felt a reduction. This has been 5 years coming, and Kim introduced all of it out and we recognize her as a lawyer,” Linda Anderson mentioned. Jay Anderson added that he cried “tears of pleasure … It’s a step in the direction of justice,” he mentioned.