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Police: Group vandalizes home, assaults Wauwatosa officer involved in deadly shootings

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WAWATOSA (WKOW) -- Wauwatosa police say a large group vandalized the home of an officer and assaulted him Saturday night.

The department says between 50 to 60 people targeted the home of Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah Saturday night in the area of N. 100th Street and W. Vienna Street.

The Police & Fire Commission suspended Mensah last month. He had been involved in three separate deadly shootings since 2015.

The District Attorney cleared Mensah in the first two cases. The third is still under investigation.

Police say Mensah went outside to try to talk with the group but they physically assaulted him. As he went back inside, armed protesters fired a shotgun into the back door of the house.

Wauwatosa officers and some from other agencies were called out to control the crowd.

Police say they planned to monitor demonstrations on Sunday.

The mayor of Wauwatosa said Sunday he planned to meet with city leaders and the police chief to discuss how to protect Officer Mensah and prevent additional incidents.

Mayor Dennis McBride said he asked the city to transition Mensah out of WPD employment last month.

His statement reads, in part:

During this difficult time, I ask all members of the community to reflect on their personal responsibility to engage in responsible and civil behavior.  Now more than ever, it is essential that we all work together to heal a divided community. This will require patience and an understanding that, though changes must occur, they can only occur through the functioning of democratic processes and not through violence. 

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