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Activists push DA for disclosure on police killing in Wauwatosa

Gloria Speed, aunt of Jay Anderson, who was shot and killed in Wauwatosa early morning hours of June 23, took part in a Coalition for Justice rally at Red Arrow Park last week.
Gloria Speed, aunt of Jay Anderson, who was shot and killed in Wauwatosa early morning hours of June 23, took part in a Coalition for Justice rally at Red Arrow Park last week. Credit: Calvin Mattheis

By Aaron Mak of the Journal Sentinel

July 19, 2016 0

About 30 community activists crowded into Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm's office Tuesday to press for the disclosure of information on the killing of Jay Anderson by a Wauwatosa police officer.

The officer, whose name has not been made public, shot Anderson on June 23. Anderson had been sleeping in his car in Madison Park. The Wauwatosa police department said the officer feared for his safety when he saw that Anderson had a gun.

The group of activists, which included representatives from various community organizations and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), presented a letter to Chisholm demanding that he release the dashboard video of the shooting and other info.

"They had no right to do that to [Anderson]," activist Rodney Robbins said.

Chisholm told the group that he has not yet received all findings from Milwaukee police, who are investigating the shooting to comply with a state law requiring that outside agencies investigate police-related deaths.

"Everyone wants to get all the information to us as quickly as possible," Chisholm said. "They do and I do, too."

Chisholm is meeting with the lawyer for Anderson's family later in the week and expects by then to have a better idea of when the information will be released.

The activists, however, were not pleased.

"It was very standard,"Vaun Mayes Bey said. "We are not satisfied because it was copy and paste."

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