Protest of Jay Anderson Murder by Wauwatosa Police At Mayfair Mall, Milwaukee in 2016

Footage shot of a Jay Anderson protest in Wauwatosa’s Mayfair Mall. The footage was shot several months ago, back towards the end of the summer. Jay Anderson was shot by a Wauwatosa police officer while sleeping in his car. His family protested the cases lack of transparency all summer. Residents eventually joined their cause, and formed the group Tosa Together. This protest was held at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee. Protesters were allegedly threatened with arrest if they protested out loud. So, the march was largely silent.

Although police presence at this march was lower key, earlier protests weren’t so. Some of the first marches saw WPD storm the mall with other departments in SWAT gear. Witnesses state the officers had covered badges, and felt the response was unnecessary. During the protest filmed here, a K9 unit and dogs were allegedly deployed. The dogs sat off camera, and officers warned camera people away from them. It’s unclear why the department felt the need to not only deploy dogs, but threaten family members with arrest for protesting out loud.

Jay Anderson’s case is currently under review by federal prosecutors after passing through Milwaukee. The officer who sot him, Joseph Mensah, is currently back out patrolling by himself. Anderson was the second person killed by Mensah since arriving at the department in 2015. Numerous residents feel Mensah, who hasn’t received mental health evaluations after the first shooting, is unstable and dangerous. Updates will continue to be provided as information becomes available.


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Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a writer and freelance journalist native to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His writing can be found on Cop Block, The Pontiac Tribune, and The Fifth Column News. Video's produced by Isiah are published under the tag YungCartographer Productions.