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Wauwatosa police officer won't face charges in deadly shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, family attorney says

October 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A police officer in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, an attorney representing Cole's family said.

(CNN)A police officer in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole, an attorney representing Cole's family said.

Chisholm told Cole's family on Wednesday that the officer, Joseph Mensah, will not face criminal charges for the shooting, Kim Motley, the family's attorney told CNN.

Cole was shot and killed outside a Wauwatosa mall on February 2 when police responded to a disturbance call, police said.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber told reporters at the time that Cole fired a gun before an officer returned fire.

Weber called Cole's death a tragedy in a statement on Wednesday and said the department "sympathizes with his family as they, and others, continue to grieve the loss of their loved one. "

Motley said the family learned about the decision in a meeting with Chisholm on Wednesday and said the district attorney is not stating Cole's shooting was justified.

Motley said she represents Cole's family and the families of two other people who she said were killed by Mensah.

The families are calling for Mensah to be fired and charged in all three cases, Motley said.

All three families have filed formal complaints against Mensah for incidents that took place in Wauwatosa, Motley said.

At a press conference Wednesday, Motley said Mensah should have never been a police officer. "He is still getting paid.

Mensah has been on administrative suspension pending a decision by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission, Weber said.

Earlier on Wednesday, a former US attorney hired as an independent investigator by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission determined that Mensah is not fit for duty and recommended his termination.

"The risk and ensuing consequences to the Wauwatosa Police Department and the City of Wauwatosa of a fourth shooting by this Officer are too great for this Commission to find otherwise," Steven Biskupic wrote in his report.

The Wauwatosa Police Department tweeted Wednesday that police are ready for any protests that may occur within the city.

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