Mensah has fatally shot two different folks 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 didn’t cost the cop, saying Gonzales refused to drop a sword he was holding. Prosecutors additionally determined to not cost Mensah in Cole’s dying, 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 taking pictures that set off a number of days of protests. Mensah finally resigned final November, taking residence a $130,000 severance test and occurring to function a deputy employed below Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson.
Mensah’s lawyer, Jonathan Cermele, informed NPR station WUWM the choose heard proof “from one aspect and one aspect solely … We weren’t capable of be concerned, we weren’t capable of cross-examine or present witnesses,” he stated. “The choose made a name on a really restricted quantity of proof.”
Yamahiro stated throughout courtroom proceedings: “The proof has proven that on June 23, 2016, Officer Mensah drove into Madison Park car parking zone in 3:01 a.m., and positioned his automobile roughly two automobile lengths dealing with the Anderson automobile along 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 mechanically activated the sprint digicam of Officer Mensah’s SUV squad automobile.”
Yamahiro stated Mensah ought to have realized that pulling out his weapon “created an unreasonable danger of dying” and the officer might have deescalated the encounter just by ready for beforehand referred to as backup to reach. Severson stated in an announcement WUWM obtained that he “shall be reviewing all of his choices, and can have a extra detailed assertion and resolution forthcoming.”
Legal professional Kimberley Motley, who represents the households of Anderson, Cole, and Gonzales, informed WUMW the John Doe course of delivered to mild proof the general public merely wasn’t aware of. “Everyone knows a Jay Anderson,” she stated. “Everyone knows a younger man who has a daughter who’s only a good man. And his daughter is now six years outdated. She’s going to by no means have Jay Anderson in her life.
“You’ve a proper to combat for justice so long as you do it inside the authorized avenues. I hope folks perceive and perceive that is nonetheless a authorized course of and all of us have to see how this performs out.”
Motley additionally referred to as Cermele’s response to the choose’s resolution “pathetic” in an interview with prison protection lawyer and TV host Yodit Tewolde. “Mensah was additionally a witness that we subpoenaed almost about this John Doe listening to,” Motley stated. “We really 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 fitting to stay silent, which is his constitutional proper.” Motley stated 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 needs 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 dad and mom, Linda and Jay Anderson, informed 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 admire her as a lawyer,” Linda Anderson stated. Jay Anderson added that he cried “tears of pleasure … It’s a step in direction of justice,” he stated.