Jay-Z and his social justice organization Team Roc are calling for the prosecution of the police officer who shot and killed three Black victims.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin police officer Joseph Mensah fired eight shots to kill Antonio Gonzales in 2015, six to kill Jay Anderson in 2016, and five to kill Alvin Cole in February 2020.
In response, Jay and Team Roc took out a full-page ad, addressed to District Attorney John Chisholm, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“How many more people must die at the hands of Officer Joseph Mensah?” the ad says. “Since joining the Wauwatosa Police Department in 2015, Mensah has shot and killed THREE men of colour — Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson — with an excessive total of NINETEEN fired shots. His actions demonstrate an utter disregard for the lives of these young men.”
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 pic.twitter.com/RvDfh7jSCV
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) July 2, 2020
The ad also asks that Chisholm mandate body cams for the police force and call for Mensah’s immediate termination, in addition that he be prosecuted “to ensure he never kills anyone again.”
Jay-Z pulled off a similar ad following the death of George Floyd in newspapers such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer.