Milwaukee Area Investigative Team

A picture of Jay Anderson Jr. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

New lawsuit: Wauwatosa’s racial history led to Anderson shooting

BY: - October 14, 2021

A new lawsuit over the 2016 officer-involved shooting of Jay Anderson Jr. has been filed in federal court. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Kimberley Motley, argues that the circumstances around the 25-year-old’s killing violated Anderson’s constitutional rights. The lawsuit also outlines how the troubled social history of Wauwatosa created an ecosystem that led to Anderson’s […]

Jay Anderson Sr. (left) and Linda Anderson (right), the parents of Jay Anderson Jr. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Anderson John Doe decision sends shockwaves through Milwaukee, Wauwatosa

BY: - July 29, 2021

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Yamahiro has found probable cause to charge former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah in the death of Jay Anderson Jr. The decision comes after weeks of testimony in which Yamahiro directly questioned witnesses  in a John Doe hearings on the 2016 shooting. As a result of Yamahiro’s decision, which […]

Jay Anderson Sr. (left) and Linda Anderson (right), the parents of Jay Anderson Jr. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Closing arguments delivered in Jay Anderson John Doe hearing

BY: - May 20, 2021

Judge Glenn Yamahiro heard closing arguments Wednesday in the John Doe hearing into the killing of Jay Anderson Jr. In 2016, the 25-year-old was fatally shot by former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah, the officer’s second fatal shooting within a year. While the past three John Doe hearings were deep dives into the case, the […]

Wauwatosa Chief Barry Weber takes the stand for the Jay Anderson John Doe hearing. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Expert says Wauwatosa police officer’s fitness for duty was improperly evaluated after shooting

BY: - May 5, 2021

The final day of the John Doe hearing into the 2016 shooting of Jay Anderson Jr., 25, by former Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah left lingering questions. Among the people who took the stand was Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber, who is set to retire by June. Weber was compelled to testify after a motion to […]

A picture of Jay Anderson Jr. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Judge denies Tosa chief’s attempt not to testify in Jay Anderson hearing

BY: - March 26, 2021

The second hearing in the John Doe case involving the shooting of 25-year-old Jay Anderson Jr. raised more questions about the 2016 incident. Early in the hours-long hearing, Judge Glenn Yamahiro denied a motion to quash a subpoena calling Chief Barry Weber to offer witness testimony. Weber’s motion to quash relied heavily on the argument […]

Jay Anderson Jr. (Photo provided by the Anderson Family)

Family lawyer: Jay Anderson shooting investigation was not independent

BY: - March 10, 2021

On June 23, 2016, at close to 3 a.m., former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah shot Jay Anderson Jr. It was not Mensah’s first shooting, nor was it his last. The previous July, Mensah and another former officer, Jeffrey Newman, shot and killed 29-year-old Antonio Gonzalez. Before being hired as a Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy […]

auwatosa police squad. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa police shooting rekindles tensions in suburb

BY: - December 11, 2020

A fresh officer-involved-shooting in Wauwatosa drew questions and protest overnight on Dec. 10. Right in the heart of the Wauwatosa village, which is sometimes called the city’s downtown area, the shooting involved a woman who was later taken to the hospital. Wauwatosa officers responded to a reported fight between two women. Police stated that one […]

Protesters marching and gathering in Milwaukee during the first day of demonstrations. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Emails raise questions about the independence of police shooting investigations

BY: - December 3, 2020

In the Milwaukee area, investigations into police shootings are handled by a network of detectives, supervisors, and other personnel from every nearby municipality. Dubbed the Milwaukee Area Investigative Team (MAIT), it replaced the state Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in 2016 as the main entity handling the area’s officer-involved shootings. Rather than requesting help from […]

Protesters marching and gathering in Milwaukee during the first day of demonstrations. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Are Milwaukee-area police shooting investigations truly independent?

BY: - September 2, 2020

After the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that there would be an independent investigation. “The statute in Wisconsin demands, quite appropriately, that an independent investigative agency does all the investigative work in this case,” said on August 26. Blake’s shooting will be investigated by the Wisconsin […]

A screen shot of Joseph Mensah's Go Fund Me page. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa Officer’s Go Fund Me shows large donations from local police organizations

BY: - July 22, 2020

A Go Fund Me page has been established by the brother of a Wauwatosa police officer at the center of recent protests by citizens demanding he be fired after shooting three young African American residents in five years. Established nearly a week ago, the page has raised more than $44,000 toward a goal of $50,000. […]