Rep. Bowen Statement on John Doe Charging Decision Against Joseph Mensah
Judge Yamahiro Decision A Win for Justice; Highlights Need for Meaningful Reform We've Championed.
MILWAUKEE – In response to the decision by Milwaukee County Judge Glenn Yamahiro finding probable cause to charge former Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah with homicide by negligent use of a weapon after conducting a John Doe proceeding into the 2016 killing of Jay Anderson, Jr. by Mensah, State Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
“Today’s groundbreaking decision by Judge Yamahiro is a win for the family, loved ones of Jay Anderson, Jr., for the ongoing grassroots movement to hold police responsible for their deadly actions, and for justice. Joseph Mensah should have been charged in this case years ago, but today’s decision marks a step towards correcting that grave error, and ensuring that Mensah is held accountable in a court of law. I have previously raised concerns about the credibility of Officer Mensah in these cases, and I feel vindicated to see those concerns validated by Judge Yamahiro in this proceeding. I encourage fellow members of the legislature to read the transcripts of today’s impartial decision.
I must say that I completely agree with Judge Yamahiro’s comments. And to that end, I am proud to have introduced my “Enough Is Enough” police reform package of bills along with Rep. Hong, including a bill that would require special prosecutors in cases of officer-involved killings, another bill that would increase transparency and create higher bars for police departments investigating other law enforcement agencies in cases of officer-involved killings, and many other policies that would help increase accountability, transparency and rebuild public trust in law enforcement.
Today’s decision makes it even more clear than it already was: for a great future for all, Wisconsin needs to see real, meaningful police reform without obstructionists holding us all back, and we must have the opportunity to pursue substantive solutions like those in our package already supported by advocates and law enforcement leaders. Solutions that Speaker Vos and Rep. Steineke have purposely ignored & hindered from becoming law. The time for change is now! I pray my colleagues are listening.”
NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.
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