The Jonas Brothers are just one of the many celebrities that have been using their tremendous social media followings to advocate for Black Lives Matter. They recently tweeted about the case of police officer Joseph Mensah along with a letter to the District Attorney John Chrisholm calling for justice after three men of color were killed by him.
The Jonas Brothers have also spoken out about the death of Breonna Taylor and called for the officers involved in her shooting to be arrested.
The Jonas Brothers Are Calling For Action In The Case Of Joseph Mensah
The pop group have been anything but silent after the death of George Floyd which sparked global protests advocating for social justice reform in the Black Lives Matter era. They tweeted to District Attorney John Chrisholm to ask him “how many more people must die at the hands of Officer Joseph Mensah?” The statement includes an explanation about three deaths that Mensah is responsible for since joining the Wauwatosa Police Departement. The three men of color who lost their lives at the hands of Mensah were Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson. He had a total of 19 fired shots in his confrontations with these men. The Jonas Brothers are urging for Mensah to be removed from the force and prosecuted so that he “never kills anyone again.”
Prosecution first ruled that Mensah’s actions in both Gonzales and Anderson’s cases were justified because they both had weapons of their own. But their families have been calling for a further investigation since their deaths. They marched in a protest recently calling for the prosecution and firing of Mensah. “It’s very hard to hear where my baby had his last breath,” Tracy Cole, Alvin’s mother, told Fox. “My son was my baby boy.” The Jonas Brothers tweet urged the District Attorney “If you fail to prosecute Mensah, you’re doing a disservice to the legacies of Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson, ignoring the lives of black, brown and LGBTQ citizens in your country and essentially allowing for the possibility of a future catastrophe.”
Jay-Z Is Also Calling For More Action To Be Taken Against Mensah
Jay-Z’s social justice initiative called Team Roc also posted the same statement calling for Mensah’s prosecution.
Jay-Z also signed a letter calling for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, the black jogger that was killed at the hands of two white men that was caught on tape.
Mensah is still under review for the death of Cole and was placed on administrative leave after the shooting. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “he returned March 2 to a light-duty assignment, meaning he works inside the station and not directly with the public.” More people are getting wind of the deaths of these three men and have praised the celebrities for using their voices and platforms to speak out about it.