Black Lives Matter protesters opened fire on a black police officer, shouting “black lives matter” as they shot at him and punched him at his girlfriend’s Wisconsin home on Saturday night.
Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah took to Facebook to say that protesters “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 of the hate that was being directed at me,” he added. “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 and they 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.”
Black Lives Matter targeted Mensah because he has fatally shot three people in the line of duty over the past five years, most recently a 17-year-old earlier this year. The first two shootings, which occurred in 2015 and 2016 respectively, were ruled to be justified. However, Mensah was suspended last month for the death of Alvin Cole back in February, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the case.
Wauwatosa police confirmed that around 50 to 60 people gathered at the home on Saturday night to protest against Mensah. They added that rioters started to vandalize the home around 8 p.m. and that while Mensah “attempted to establish a dialogue,” he “was ultimately physically assaulted.”
When Mensah tried to go back inside, armed protesters approached the rear door and a single shotgun round was fired by a member of the group into Mensah’s backdoor. Neighbors said they heard fireworks and loud noises all night.
“There was a bunch all at once, which we thought were firecrackers, and then after that, there was one louder one,” one neighbor told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It was pretty scary.”
Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took to Twitter the next day to call the incident “domestic terrorism,” adding that officials “must take action.”
This is domestic terrorism. Local, county, state, and federal officials must take action. https://t.co/YF3ZhIV0bF
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) August 9, 2020
“To call me a murderer, without any conviction, without any charges, and then to do something like this, again, I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m confused,” Mensah told the Journal Sentinel. He added that “it’d be one thing if there was any kind of cause, whatsoever, for my actions. But I defended myself, several times. Proven that I defended myself several times.”
In a separate interview, Mensah told WITI that he believes he was suspended to appease the protesters.
“They knew all about this in 2016,” Mensah said. “They didn’t have an issue with it in 2017. They didn’t have an issue with it back in 2018. They didn’t have an issue in 2019. Now, it’s 2020. Let’s just suspend him for no reason.”