The entrepreneur rapper and Employees Roc — the social justice arm of Roc Nation that Jay-Z based mostly — provided their assist after learning that no prices have been launched in opposition to Joseph Mensah, the officer who shot Cole on February 2.
Cole was shot and killed exterior a Wauwatosa mall when police responded to a disturbance title, police talked about. Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber suggested reporters on the time that Cole fired a gun sooner than an officer returned fireside.
Milwaukee County District Authorized skilled John T. Chisholm talked about there was “sufficient proof” exhibiting that Mensah believed deadly stress was essential and “that notion was objectively reasonably priced.”
Some two dozen people have been arrested Thursday, two of whom requested for medical consideration, Wauwatosa police talked about in a data launch Friday. Alvin’s mother and sisters have been moreover arrested.
“Our hearts break for the family of Alvin Cole and the Wauwatosa group,” Dania Diaz, director of Employees Roc, talked about in a press launch. “Not solely did the District Authorized skilled’s Office fail to hold Officer Joseph Mensah accountable for killing Alvin, nevertheless the native police moreover arrested and injured Alvin’s mother Tracy and his sisters as they peacefully protested alongside Jacob Blake’s father.”
Jay-Z and Employees Roc are moreover calling on Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to appoint a specific prosecutor to investigate the taking footage.
In July, Jay-Z took out a full-page advert throughout the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calling for Mensah’s prosecution.
This isn’t the first time Jay-Z has been vocal on social justice factors. The billionaire took out full-page commercials all through the nation in dedication to George Floyd in June and in 2015 posted bail for protesters marching in opposition to police brutality.
CNN’s Mallika Kallingal, Sara Sidner and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.