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Alvin Cole’s Mom And Sisters Arrested At Protest

Wauwatosa, WI – Violent protests continued in Wauwatosa on Thursday night after the district attorney a day earlier said the officer who shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole would not be charged and Cole’s mother and sisters were arrested for violating the city’s emergency curfew.

Protesters were geared up and ready to overrun highways and block city streets as they marched from Milwaukee into Wauwatosa after Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm released a statement about the officer-involved shooting by Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah on Oct. 7.

The lengthy investigative report released by Chisholm’s officer showed that Cole fired a stolen weapon and pointed his gun at officers before he was shot by Officer Mensah.

The district attorney concluded that Cole, who was underage and had a prior felony record, shouldn’t have been in possession of any gun and said that enhanced analysis of video and audio from the scene showed his weapon fired first and then refused to surrender his weapon.

Therefore, the officer-involved shooting was justified.

“In this case, there is sufficient evidence that Officer Mensah had an actual subjective belief that deadly force was necessary and that belief was objectively reasonable,” Chisholm wrote in a letter to Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber on Oct. 7.

Riots began in Wauwatosa within an hour of the announcement and countless business and residences were vandalized as an angry mob marched through the streets on Wednesday night, despite an emergency 7 p.m. curfew.

Efforts to control the mayhem continued on Thursday and Wisconsin National Guard troops assisted as police began making arrests after the curfew was again ignored.

Cole’s mother and sisters were arrested shortly after 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, The Washington Post reported.

Their arrest was captured on video by a Daily Caller photographer.

The video showed Tracy Cole being taken into custody next to a vehicle before an officer ran off the cameraman and eventually arrested him.

Tracy Cole’s daughters, Taleavia and Tristiana Cole, were also arrested, The Washington Post reported.

The family began livestreaming after police approached their vehicle.

Not much can be seen in the video because the phone remained in the car as the women were taken into custody, but it clearly recorded the audio of what was going on.

On the video, women yelled at the officers that one of the women they detained was Alvin Cole’s mother.

Then a woman told officers she couldn’t breathe several times.

“I can’t breathe. Oh, my God,” a woman who later identified herself as Cole’s mother, Tracy Cole, screamed. “Wait a minute. Oh my God. I can’t believe… I can’t breathe…”

“Oh my God I’m hurting over here,” Cole’s mother wailed. “I can’t breathe, my chest is hurting. I can’t believe you all are doing this to me. You killed my son and now you’re hurting me.”

Other people can be heard asking her if she’s okay.

“They hit me in my head and pulled my hair – one of these cops over here – and now my head is bleeding,” she told someone in the video.

An officer in the video asked if she needed medical attention and she told him she did.

It sounded in the video as if police were attempting to render aid to the hysterical woman in custody.

“I’m Alvin Cole’s mother,” she cried multiple times in the video.

“They don’t care. They done killed Alvin,” someone told her.

When an officer attempted to have her sit on the curb, Tracy Cole said her arm had been hurt.

“Oh, my arm. I think my arm is broken,” Tracy Cole cried in the video. “Oh my arm.”

“They throwed me down and slammed and pushed me in my head,” she told someone in the video.

Wauwatosa police did not release any information about the arrest of Cole’s family other than to confirm that a woman Tracy Cole’s age had been transported to the hospital when she was arrested.

Tracy Cole was taken to Froedtert Hospital with an injury to her arm and was released after she was treated, WTMJ reported.

Eleven people were arrested and cited for violating the emergency curfew, according to a tweet by Minnesota State Representative LaKeshia Myers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Myers said the people received citations for violating the emergency curfew and were released.

The citations carry a fine of $1,000 each, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Kimberley Motley, an attorney for Cole’s family, raged about the arrests on social media.

“They arrested Tracy Cole for peacefully protesting tonight! She ended up in the hospital – more to follow,” Motley tweeted.

The father of Jacob Blake Jr., who was shot by Kenosha police after his ex-girlfriend called police to report he was there in violation of a protective order, was also at the protest, the Wauwatosa Patch reported.

It’s not been confirmed whether Jacob Blake Sr. was arrested, too.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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