Witnesses testify in Jay Anderson Jr. shooting involving Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Three witnesses took the stand Thursday, Feb. 25, in the 2016 shooting death of Jay Anderson Jr.
He was shot and killed by former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah.
Mensah's actions were ruled justified.
Attorney Kimberley Motley says this is the first time witnesses will testify and the first time evidence will be shown involving any of Mensah's shootings.
Hakim Fudge was the last person to see Jan Anderson Jr. alive.
That's why in court Thursday, he was the first witness to testify.
"I been waiting for this day to speak on his behalf, nobody reached out, nobody asked who he was with," said Fudge.
Jay Anderson Jr. was shot and killed on June 23, 2016 in Madison Park.
His family says he was sleeping in his car when former Wauwatosa officer Mensah approached him.
Mensah claims Anderson lunged towards a gun in the passenger seat next to him, and that's when Mensah shot and killed him.
"Baby Jay wasn't a person to get in trouble, run the streets all night."
Anderson's family attorney, Kimberley Motley, presented graphic photos of Anderson's bullet wounds, also playing the squad car video back.
She says she's asked the Milwaukee County district attorney to reopen the case several times.
"We're here to do the work that should have been done four and a half years ago," she said.
Thursday afternoon, experts were asked to give their statement on police protocol.
"You will hear from our experts that Mensah's approach to Anderson's vehicle was inappropriate. You'll hear testimony that his interaction with Anderson -- he's required to turn on his camera for the entire interaction, and he did not do that."
A continuation of this hearing is scheduled for March 25 at 9 a.m.