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Jay-Z pens open letter calling for arrest of police officer over three shootings

The police officer has reportedly killed three men over the last five years

Jay-Z and Team Roc have penned an open letter calling for arrest of a police officer over three fatal shootings.

Team Roc, Jay-Z's social justice firm, published an open letter in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier this week, calling for the arrest of Joseph Mensah of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

In the letter addressed to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, Team Roc opened with a question: "how many more people must die at the hands of Officer Joseph Mensah?." Joseph Mensah was hired by the Wauwatosa Police Department in January 2015, and has since been involved in three shootings. Antonio Gonzales, a 29-year-old from Wauwatosa, was fatally shot in in 2015, Jay Anderson Jr., a 25-year-old from Milwaukee in 2016, and Alvin Cole, a 17-year-old from Milwaukee in 2020.

Damning the police department for their failure to preserve video evidence, they continued: “As a result, we are calling for your office to prosecute Mensah to ensure that he never kills anyone again and to immediately outfit all of our police officers with body cameras. It is our responsibility to do the right thing, hold Mensah accountable for his actions and protect Wauwatosa citizens from further tragedy. Mensah must also be de-certified and fired from the police force immediately.”

"The law demands that each shot fired from a police officer's gun is carefully and thoroughly scrutinized. Nineteen shots and three deaths in five years is not a pattern of accidents."

The letter follow's Team Roc's demand for charges against a Charleston protester to be dismissed last month.

Read the full letter from Team Roc below. 

JAY-Z's Team Roc calls for the prosecution of police officer who has killed 3 men of color

The social justice sector of Roc Nation wrote an open letter in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to Milwaukee DA @DAJohnChisholm,calling for the firing & prosecution of officer Joseph Mensah

— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) July 2, 2020