Mensah charging decision in Anderson death delayed to July 28

Updated: 06/21/2021 04:41 PM

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A judge has delayed his decision on whether to charge former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah, who shot Jay Anderson Junior back in 2016.

Anderson was the second of three people Mensah killed during a five-year stint with the Wauwatosa Police Department. Prosecutors cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing in each case.

The decision was scheduled This Friday, but Anderson's family attorney Kimberly Motley said that it has been pushed back to July 28. 


Published: 06/20/2021 10:15 AM

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge will decide whether to file charges against a police officer who killed a man sitting in a parked car using a rarely invoked legal process.

Joseph Mensah shot three people in a span of five years while he was an officer in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Prosecutors declined to charge him each time.

The family of one of the men killed, Jay Anderson, asked a Milwaukee judge in February to launch a John Doe investigation into Anderson's death.

It's similar to a grand jury proceeding in which a judge hears witness testimony and decides whether to file charges directly, bypassing prosecutors.

The judge is set to make his decision Friday.

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