DA: No charges against officer who shot Jay Anderson


The Wauwatosa police officer who shot Jay Anderson will not face state criminal charges. Anderson’s family met with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm earlier in the day, and according to the Journal Sentinel, “looked visibly upset as they left that meeting.”

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said the video recording from the officers camera shows Anderson reaching for a gun.

The family’s attorney plans to seek federal criminal civil rights charges.

According to the Journal Sentinel

The family has said video shows Anderson was not “lunging” to grab a gun when he was killed by Officer Joseph Mensah, as the officer contended.

However at a news conference later Monday Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said the video shows Anderson reaching for the gun with his right hand. The chief said the shooting unfolded in a matter of seconds.

“This is a horrible tragedy and for anyone to lose any family member, no matter what the incident is, it’s horrible,” Weber said.

Chisholm told Anderson’s family that Mensah’s actions were justified self-defense when he saw Anderson’s hands drop during their interaction, said Jonathan Safran, an attorney for the family who was present at the meeting.

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