Homeowner calls out armed rioters: ‘Do you know how many people who support you live on this street?’

Homeowner calls out armed rioters: ‘Do you know how many
people who support you live on this street?’ 1

WAUWATOSA, WI – Protesters, rioters and acts of vandalism were present within the city of Wauwatosa during the evening of October 7th.

The impetus for said acts is reportedly due to an officer involved shooting from February of 2020 that left a 17-year-old suspect deceased, where the DA decided to not bring charges after reviewing the incident for several months.

On October 7th, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm informed the Wauwatosa police chief in a letter that the state will not be pursuing criminal charges against Officer Joseph Mensah for the shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole that happened on February 2nd.

Essentially, DA Chisholm explained in the letter that “the State could [not] disprove self-defense or defense of others in this case,” and that his office has thus concluded the investigation into the incident conceding that he “could not meet the burden required to charge Officer Mensah”.

On the evening of February 2nd, Officer Mensah responded to a disturbance call at a local mall and was met with gunfire by the suspect, according to DA Chisholm:

“[Cole] was encountered by Wauwatosa Police officers in the parking lot of Mayfair Mall, ran from the police, discharged the firearm and was ordered to surrender the weapon. [Cole] did not surrender the weapon and was fired upon by Officer Mensah causing his death.”

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And it was by this decision that people decided to protest and riot within the streets of Wauwatosa on October 7th.

And this time, it wasn’t just businesses that were subjected to vandalism at the hands of rioters – it was even homes in residential neighborhoods.

One video that was captured during the chaos showed a local resident of Wauwatosa pleading with those among the group to cease the criminal activity – as numerous windows were busted out during the course of people marching through the streets.

The man addresses one of the people marching, saying:

“You don’t even know who in this neighborhood supports what you’re doing and who doesn’t. And you do it in my yard? You have no idea – you know how many Democrats, how many MPS teachers, union members, other people that could support you – live on this street.”

While the angered resident was explaining the aforementioned to the man, someone had driven a motorcycle directly through the angered resident’s yard.

What this man was trying to explain, to those who at least decided to hear him out, is that whatever these people are protesting about aren’t likely to gain many sympathizers by rioting through a residential neighborhood.

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What the videos from the evening of October 7th showcased is that there’s a lack of ability for those who actually want to protest peacefully to be able to reign in those who simply want to riot.

As one video through a residential area shows people from the crowd busting out windows of homeowners while others from the same crowd are aghast, saying “that’s somebody’s home”.

According to Brendan Gutenschwager, who was on the scene capturing video during the riots and protesting, one person was also caught brandishing a firearm.

However, the context surrounding for what reasons the firearm was brandished is not entirely clear.

Even police vehicles were subjected to vandalism, as one person was caught spray painting “BLM” onto a SWAT vehicle.

A police line that had formed later on in the evening showed officers deploying what was reportedly teargas toward people that were getting too close for comfort toward the established line.

Based upon all that transpired in the evening, it’s painfully obvious that police and officials were not prepared for this response to news breaking about Officer Mensah not being criminally charged.

But honestly, officials should have expected at least some kind of response – as this isn’t the first time that violence and protests broke out in relation to Officer Mensah being a focal point of controversy in the community.

Back in August of this year, protesters had managed to find the address of Officer Mensah and surrounded his home.

During that incident, Officer Mensah was actually assaulted by some miscreants within the crowd and a shotgun was fired into the backdoor of his home. Three people were reportedly arrested in connection with the August incident.

The situation in Wauwatosa is currently developing.

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