A Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot three people in the line of duty in five years is resigning, city officials said.
Joseph Mensah, a Wauwatosa officer who has been suspended since July, entered a separation agreement with the Wauwatosa Common Council late Tuesday and will resign effective Nov. 30, Mayor Dennis McBride said.
“Now is the time for all of us to come together and heal,” McBride said in a statement. “We’ve made substantial progress during 2020, and in the coming year we’ll continue to focus on positive change for our community.”
Prosecutors have cleared Mensah of wrongdoing in the three fatal shootings, including that of 17-year-old black teen Alvin Cole in February that led to months of protests in the suburban Milwaukee town, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
But Mensah was suspended by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission following a complaint by relatives of Jay Anderson Jr., who was fatally shot in 2016 by the officer when