Tell Governor Evers and AG Kaul: no one violates Wisconsonites’ civil rights
TAKE ACTION NOW
On Feb. 2, 2020, 17-year-old Alvin Cole was fatally shot by Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah outside of Mayfair Mall. This was the third fatal shooting that Mensah had been involved in less than five years while on duty. The Wauwatosa community has called for police accountability with about 50 protests led by the People’s Revolution in the last 133 days, and more led by other groups. While the protests have largely been peaceful, police responses have further escalated tensions.
On Oct. 7, more than 10 months after the fatal shooting, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office made the decision not to charge Officer Mensah. After the shooting, community members exercised their right to protest, and in response, Wauwatosa Police used tear gas against protestors. This is just the latest example of how police have used force against demonstrators in Wisconsin in the past year.
On August 23, 2020, a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake at least seven times in the back as he was walking away after breaking up a fight. The subsequent protests in Kenosha have gone on since the incident, protesting police and sheriff’s departments that seem all too happy to allow racist violence to go unchecked, inside the departments and in the community.
In addition to the problems we face from the Kenosha police and sheriff’s departments, federal forces are coming to Wisconsin. There are numerous reports of protesters who have been abducted from the streets by officers in unmarked vehicles and taken to unknown locations, which raise chilling echoes of similar events in Portland. In at least one video, one of the officers is clearly wearing a U.S. Marshal’s jacket, which suggests that federal officials may be involved. And many of the loved ones of those snatched from the streets of Wisconsin are navigating complex systems trying to find them and get them released.
This cannot stand. The people of Wisconsin have the right to their freedom of speech, and should be able to rely on their elected officials to stand up for them when officers sworn to protect and serve break the law and turn on the people who need most protecting.
Join us now in strongly urging the Governor and the Attorney General to investigate, or immediately appoint a special counsel to investigate, and, if warranted, prosecute any crimes or civil rights violations committed by federal, state, or local law enforcement against protesters, journalists, legal observers, and medics in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has invited federal forces into our state. Now the state must promise to hold them and any other law enforcement officials to account for their actions.
Governor Tony Evers
Attorney General Josh Kaul