Charges against Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah dismissed

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- With a unanimous vote, the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission dismissed their pending decision on whether to fire Officer Joseph Mensah from the city police department.

“There will be no charges," Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commissioner Danielle Long said. "It’s a moot point if Officer Mensah will no longer be a member of the police department come the end of this month.”

The decision comes after Mensah reached a separation deal with the city Tuesday, Nov. 17 and announced his pending resignation.

Kimberley Motley represents the families of those Mensah killed in the line of duty. All three shootings that happened over five years were ruled justified.

Motley asked to speak at the meeting, but that request was denied.

“My clients are entitled to due process, as is Joseph Mensah, and they didn’t want to hear from the victims,” Motley said.

Motley says her biggest problem with the deal is it only applies to Mensah’s status as a Wauwatosa officer.

“It doesn’t dismiss the fact that he can become a police officer in any other jurisdiction in America, and so we find that very concerning.”

Multiple Police and Fire Commission members say they had no part in the deal and didn’t know it existed until it was made public.

“The mayor and the Common Council are solely responsible for the terms and conditions of the resignation agreement," Police and Fire Commissioner Greg Leahy said. "If you have an issue with the agreement, I would encourage you to reach out to the mayor and your alderperson.”

Motley said the process is not over.

She is considering numerous lawsuits against the city, including over how the separation was handled, and calling for removal of Wauwatosa  Police Chief Barry Weber.

“These lawsuits are just piling up," Motley said. "It’s not just us that have all these lawsuits against Wauwatosa.”

Mensah’s deal calls for him to leave the department on Nov. 30. He will be paid more than $125,000 by the city.

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