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Kimberly Motley, one of the lawyers representing the families of those Officer Joseph Mensah has killed, confonts the numerous officers clad in riot gear in Wauwatosa the evening of August 14th, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD escalates tactics against protesters following incident at officer’s home

BY: - August 17, 2020

Despite escalating tactics to restrain protesters, the suburban City of Wauwatosa has become the epicenter of Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter movement. Following a confrontation with protesters at the home of Officer Joseph Mensah, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) pledged to take the gloves off. The threats of arrest and surveillance, however, haven’t deterred The People’s […]

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 17: Federal officers prepare to disperse the crowd of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Federal law enforcement agencies attempt to intervene as protests continue in Portland. (Photo by Mason Trinca/Getty Images)

Surge of federal law enforcement operations in Milwaukee raises questions

BY: - July 30, 2020

A cloud has been hanging over Milwaukee ever since the Trump administration signaled that the city was on a list of places that would receive deployments of federal agents to bolster local policing. Top lawmakers and law enforcement officials at the state and local levels have spoken out against a deployment that could be a […]

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. […]

A Black Lives Matter protester attending a Wauwatosa City Council meeting. Protestes had been marching to get officer Joseph Mensah fired for killing three people over just five years. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

The People’s Revolution issues letter to Wauwatosa demanding change

BY: - July 10, 2020

A faction of Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter movement calling itself “The People’s Revolution” has issued a six-page letter, addressed to Wauwatosa (Tosa) Mayor Dennis McBride, and all the suburb’s alders. It decries the police department’s escalating tactics of arrest and intimidation against marchers and provides a list of 10 demands to be honored by the […]

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

Milwaukee protesters and residents feel they’re under police surveillance

BY: - June 23, 2020

“There’s definitely something going on,” says 39-year-old Milwaukee activist Frank Sensabaugh, better known locally by the long-held nickname “Frank Nitty.” Most of his days recently have been spent either organizing or participating in Milwaukee’s slice of the nation’s re-invigorated Black Lives Matter movement. Nitty, and many others, also suspect the demonstrations have become the targets […]

Waukesha County Sheriff Department (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Police investigating multiple possible school threats

BY: - December 4, 2019

The confrontation between police officers and a high school student in Waukesha was followed by a rash of other incidents and lockdowns at Wisconsin schools this week. An Oshkosh West High School student and officer were injured after the student stabbed the police officer. Separately, Sparta-area schools were closed as a precautionary measure due to […]

Waukesha County Sheriff Department (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Waukesha South High School student shot after bringing gun to school

BY: - December 3, 2019

A seemingly normal morning at Waukesha South High School erupted in chaos Monday Dec 2, when a student was shot by a police officer after brandishing a gun in class. The traumatizing incident ended the school day before noon, with no injuries reported besides the student who triggered the incident. “My heart is with the […]