Tear gas deployed, arrests made during third night of protests in Wauwatosa
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Protests continued for a third night in Wauwatosa Friday night, following the decision to not charge Officer Joseph Mensah in the shooting death of Alvin Cole.
A large group of protesters took to Wauwatosa City Hall Friday after the arrest of Alvin Cole's mother, Tracy Cole.
The protesters continue to demand Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah be fired, and they say they're shocked and angry at the way police treated Alvin Cole's mother during Thursday night's arrest.
"That was horrible for them to pull her out of her car, tase her," said protester Beverly Williams.
Some say Mensah is a notorious killer and he needs to get off the police force.
Chairman of the Wauwatosa Equity and Inclusion Commission Sean Lowe attended the rally and says in order for the city to truly heal, Officer Joseph Mensah has to be fired.
He wants the Fire and Police Commission to review the outside investigative reports. Some protesters say the gathering is part of the new Civil Rights era.
"The city of Wauwatosa is a very diverse city and we continue to come together to fight for the right causes and justice, and it's just incredible to see the turnout tonight," Lowe said.
"We pay taxes just like everybody else and we want to be treated equally and fairly," added Williams.
Wauwatosa police declared an unlawful assembly outside of Wauwatosa City Hall at 7:11 p.m. Friday, eleven minutes after the emergency curfew went into effect.
Police say the group was ordered to disperse immediately, but they refused.
Law enforcement began moving toward the crowd around 8:03 p.m., and minutes later, police say officers were struck with bottles.
Tear gas was then deployed, and video shows arrests being made.