Jay-Z continues his social justice campaign by partnering with his Roc Nation label to pay the fines and bonds for activists arrested during protesters in Wisconsin.
Protests broke out after state authorities refused to indict the officer who fatally shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole. The teenager's mother, Tracy, was one of the dozen protesters arrested in Wauwatosa on Thursday evening (October 8).
According to CBS News, Hov and Team Roc have also reportedly paid an undisclosed amount in court fees for Tracy Cole, her daughters Taleavia, Tristiana and Tahudah, and several other arrested people. Team Roc claim Tracy was injured after officers used "excessive force" during arrests.
RELATED: Wisconsin Cop With Story Of Shootings Not Indicted In Killing Black Teenagers
"Our hearts break for Alvin Cole's family and the Wauwatosa community. Not only have prosecutors failed to hold officer Joseph Mensah accountable for the murder of Alvin, but local police have peacefully arrested and arrested Alvin's mother, Tracy, and his sisters injured protested next to Jacob Blake's father, "said Dania Diaz, the managing director of Team Roc.
According to the Wauwatosa Police Department, 24 people have been arrested for violating the city's 7pm. Curfew. They also say additional fees might be charged after reviewing video and other evidence.
Joseph Mensah, Wauwatosa officer, is accused of fatally shooting Alvin Cole on February 2nd. In his report, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said there was "sufficient evidence" that Mensah "subjectively believed that lethal force was necessary and that that belief was objectively reasonable".
Cole was reportedly involved in a conflict with another person at a local mall. Police say during the argument that Cole pulled out a stolen 9mm pistol. When Cole was confronted by officers, he ran away. Mensah says Cole shoots him with his gun, but Cole's sister Taleavia Cole denies the claim. She also criticized Chisholm's decision not to bring charges against Mensah.
"The fight goes on. It doesn't end here, ”she said, according to the local Milwaukee station, WTMJ. "It is time for D.A. Chisholm to step down or step down."
In the past five years, Mensah has killed three people, including Cole, while on duty.