OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
On Saturday night, a group of activists attacked a police officer in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, at his home.
Officer Joseph Mensah is a member of the Wauwatosa Police Department. He is currently on administrative leave after being involved in three on-duty fatal shootings over the past five years. The first two shootings were investigated and deemed justified; the third is still under review.
Despite the fact that these shootings don’t exactly fit the “white cops routinely killing unarmed black men” narrative – Officer Mensah is black, and all three of the men he shot were armed – approximately 50 to 60 people gathered outside Mensah’s residence, where they vandalized property and assaulted the officer.
The group of people, who Officer Mensah claims are part of the BLM, were apparently protesting Mensah over his use of deadly force.
The Wauwatosa Police Department issued a statement in response to the incident:
Personally, I think that statement is a little weak. Yes, a police department should absolutely support the people’s right to peaceable assemble and peacefully protest. However, not a word of the statement condemns the protesters who assaulted a cop and vandalized his property.
These people sought out a police officer, while he was off duty, at his private residence, because they disagree with how he’s done his job, despite the fact that the fatal shooting incidents have been (or are currently being) investigated by the police department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. That is unacceptable, fascistic behavior.
How much longer can we function as a country once we decide to ignore law and order in favor of mob justice?
Here is Mensah’s FB statement about the incident: