Wauwatosa Police Department

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Mission: MISSION STATEMENT The Wauwatosa Police Department exists to detect criminal acts and to apprehend the offenders of such acts. To this end, the department shall also preserve the public peace and safety of all citizens in accordance with the laws and statutes of the Federal and State governments and the ordinances of the City of Wauwatosa. The police shall be diligent in working together with the citizens and members of the public to carry out the mission of this department. It shall be done in the most expeditious and efficient way possible; providing a high level of service while ensuring the rights and integrity of all who come into contact with members of this organization.

Operating as usual

11/21/2020

Summary of the rally held this morning at the intersection of N Mayfair Rd/W North Ave:

Law enforcement monitored the area as approximately 500-600 people lined the sidewalks. Overall the rally was peaceful; no injuries or property damage occurred. One arrest was made of an individual who was attempting to incite an altercation. That subject was issued a citation for disorderly conduct and released.

We appreciate that a majority of the group stayed on the sidewalk which allowed traffic to move through the area. The Wauwatosa Police Department continues to support the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

11/21/2020

Investigators are working tirelessly to identify and apprehend the suspect from yesterday's shooting at Mayfair Mall. We ask that any witnesses to the incident please contact the Wauwatosa Police Department at 414-471-8430.

As a reminder, the mall is closed for business today. If anyone has property or a vehicle that they need to pick up, contact Mayfair Mall Security at 414-443-5140 and they will provide you with directions on how to retrieve your property.

We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

11/21/2020

The Mayfair Mall property has been cleared and is secure. Mayfair Mall management has indicated that the mall will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, November 21. Law enforcement personnel will remain at the mall into the night processing the scene.

Preliminary investigation has led us to believe that this shooting was not a random act, and was the result of an altercation. Investigators will continue to work diligently to interview the many witnesses, as well as the victims who were injured, to identify and apprehend the suspect.

Our thoughts go out to our community, especially those who were injured and affected by the incident today. Events like this shake a community, and we remain committed to protecting those who live in and visit Wauwatosa. We will continue to provide updated information, and appreciate patience as we continue to work on this still active investigation.

11/21/2020

Law enforcement personnel continue to safely clear the Mayfair Mall property, and are assisting those inside with safe exit. We ask the community to remain patient as we work to secure the scene and gather information related to the suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Wauwatosa Police Department at (414) 471-8430.

Statement from Police Chief Barry Weber. Regarding shooting incident at Mayfair Mall 11/20/2020.
11/20/2020

Statement from Police Chief Barry Weber. Regarding shooting incident at Mayfair Mall 11/20/2020.

11/20/2020

UPDATE: The press conference will be delayed about 10 minutes.

Media Partners:

A press conference will be held at 5:45pm at 2275 N Mayfair Rd.

Please stage in the southeast corner of the parking lot.

11/20/2020

Police are actively investigating an incident at Mayfair Mall. The mall is currently closed. Please use alternate routes to get through the area.

Please following the Wauwatosa PD on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

11/20/2020
11/14/2020

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred at the apartment complex at N 94 St/W Congress Ave. The initial investigation indicates the female victim left her apartment and entered her vehicle, which was parked in the lot behind the complex. An unknown male suspect drove into the parking lot, exited his vehicle, approached the female and shot several rounds through her driver’s window. The victim was transported to the hospital for medical attention.

This is an active investigation, additional information will be released as it becomes available.

This morning, Wauwatosa Police School Resource Officers partnered with the Wauwatosa School District facilitating a lock...
11/13/2020

This morning, Wauwatosa Police School Resource Officers partnered with the Wauwatosa School District facilitating a lock down safety drill. These drills help to create and maintain a safe learning environment for students and faculty.

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. A special thank you...
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. A special thank you to our police officers and civilian staff that have served and those who continue to serve...Happy Veteran's Day!!

11/10/2020

UPDATE: The intersection is now clear and open for normal traffic.

TRAFFIC ALERT:

The intersection of W Wisconsin Ave/N 58 St is currently closed due to a crash. Please use alternate routes and expect delays in the area.

#TakeBackDay Help keep our community stay safe by cleaning out your medicine cabinet and taking back expired, unused, or...
10/24/2020

#TakeBackDay Help keep our community stay safe by cleaning out your medicine cabinet and taking back expired, unused, or unwanted meds for safe disposal!

TODAY from 8a-12p at the police department!

*please empty pill bottles into a plastic bag; liquids should be in their original packaging; no sharps of any kind.

10/22/2020

10/22 UPDATE: Preliminary investigation indicates this was a drug transaction where one of the involved parties suffered a non-fatal, self-inflicted, gunshot wound to the leg.

10/21: At around 6:30pm, police responded for a report of shots fired at Mayfair Mall. A victim was located at the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The suspect has yet to be identified. There is no danger to the public.

This is an on-going investigation, additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and pr...
10/20/2020

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment and our overall community. #TakeBackDay. www.DEATakeBack.com

Saturday, Oct 24th, 8a-12p @ the PD

October 17th is National Move Over Day. This day is about creating more awareness for all responders and the laws that p...
10/15/2020
Wisconsin Department of Transportation "Move Over Law"

October 17th is National Move Over Day. This day is about creating more awareness for all responders and the laws that protect them while doing their job. Please help us by sharing this important message with all motorists. Keep your eyes open for Police, Fire trucks, Ambulances, Street maintenance workers, Tow truck drivers, and all workers on the side of the road. Besides, it’s state law to #MoveOver #MoveOverSlowDown when you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. This keeps everyone safe. Anything you can do will help! Follow the below link to learn more, and always be safe!

To help safeguard law enforcement officers, emergency responders, road maintenance workers, and others who work on the side of highways, Wisconsin has a "Move Over Law" (Wis. Stat. s. 346.072).

Please see the News Release regarding the arrest of an individual during a loud, unlawful, and disruptive protest on Oct...
10/14/2020

Please see the News Release regarding the arrest of an individual during a loud, unlawful, and disruptive protest on Oct 13, 2020.

10/13/2020

Here is a summary of last night's activity:

Wauwatosa’s curfew and emergency order expired on Monday, October 12 at 6:00 am. Law enforcement monitored the area on the evening of October 12. There was no unlawful activity on Monday evening. No arrests, property damage, or injuries occurred.

We appreciate those who continue to make lawful choices and thank the community for a safe and peaceful evening in Wauwatosa.

10/12/2020

8:11 PM: Most of the group dispersed, but some individuals have not left. Those who are refusing to leave are being arrested.

7:24 PM: Wauwatosa Police have declared an unlawful assembly in the area of N. 69 St. / W. North Av., and in violation of the emergency curfew declaration that went into effect at 7:00 pm. Orders to disperse are being announced to the crowd.

10/11/2020

There were no injuries or property damage during the October 10 protest activity. Here is a summary of the events:

At approximately 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, a group of about thirty people congregated in Washington Park and a group of about 50 people gathered outside of Wauwatosa City Hall. The Washington Park group walked northwest towards Wauwatosa and the group at City Hall grew to about 100 people, mostly gathered on the north lawn. The Washington Park group entered the City of Wauwatosa from 60th Street and Garfield Avenue.

At 7:00 pm, the curfew went into effect. Some members of the group dispersed reducing the crowd size to approximately 50 people and 20 cars. At 7:02, the Wauwatosa Police Department shut down the intersection of North Avenue and Wauwatosa Avenue to create a safe area for gathering pedestrians to stand. At 7:08, ten of the twenty cars in the area blocked the intersection at Wauwatosa Avenue and North Avenue. Due to the growing crowd, law enforcement personnel requested that the Wisconsin National Guard deploy to the area of City Hall to assist with crowd control if needed.

At 7:17, law enforcement personnel stopped one vehicle with a stop stick that was driving recklessly at 73rd Street and North Avenue. After a brief foot pursuit, law enforcement personnel took the suspect into custody.

At 7:30, law enforcement personnel declared an unlawful assembly and began making announcements to the crowd. Following the announcements, some members of the group departed. Since some members of the crowd were leaving peacefully, we reduced the number of law enforcement personnel and Wisconsin National Guard as well.

At 8:00 pm, an hour after the start of curfew, and after thirty minutes of unlawful assembly announcements, law enforcement personnel began to slowly advance towards the remaining crowd to encourage them to leave. Most of the remaining protesters began to depart eastbound on North Avenue. Most of the protestors remained on the sidewalk and peacefully exited the City of Wauwatosa. A handful of protestors that disobeyed the lawful orders were arrested. In total, there were eight arrests on October 10.

We thank the crowd for largely complying with the lawful orders to disperse and continue to ask that all citizens comply with the emergency order in place by remaining away from City of Wauwatosa public spaces during the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:00 am to ensure the safety of all members of our community. The emergency order expires on Monday, October 12 at 6:00 am

10/11/2020

8:19 PM: The vast majority of demonstrators at Wauwatosa Av. / W. North Av. dispersed as ordered. A few individuals who refused to leave were given additional warnings, then were arrested without incident. We appreciate the cooperation of those who dispersed once announcements were made.

7:50 PM: We have been monitoring a group of demonstrators near Wauwatosa City Hall. At approximately 7:00 pm, demonstrator vehicles blocked all lanes of W. North Av. at Wauwatosa Av. Law enforcement closed surrounding streets to redirect traffic out of the area. Demonstrators have occupied the lawn on City Hall property for nearly an hour, and have been in violation of the emergency curfew order since 7:00 PM. At 7:40 PM, law enforcement declared the group an unlawful assembly. Announcements have been given to the group.

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
10/10/2020

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Curfew reminder. Wauwatosa is under curfew again tonight, 7pm-6am. This means people should stay home during these hours unless you’re going to or from work.

10/10/2020
Oct 9 Demonstration

People are saying that they did not see bottles being thrown at law enforcement officers. Watch this video from the protest activity on October 9. This shows bottles being thrown at officers and officers finding fire-starting materials in a protester’s backpack.

10/10/2020

Over the past three nights, we have seen an escalation in force by the protesters. Our law enforcement response is in reaction to this escalation. Below are highlights of unlawful and dangerous conduct that has occurred each night in Wauwatosa during protests.

Night 1 – 10/7
• Throwing rocks, bricks, and bottles at law enforcement officers
• Broke windows at businesses and threw bricks into windows of homes
• Looting stores in Milwaukee
• Using all lanes of traffic, blocking intersections, and speeds in excess of 80 mph

Night 2 – 10/8
• Pointing a gun at a law enforcement officer
• Trapped civilian (non-protestors) in their vehicles and had to be rescued by law enforcement
• Attempted looting of business in Milwaukee
• Multiple instances of reckless driving and blocking all lanes of traffic

Night 3 – 10/9
• Protestors have Molotov cocktails and other fire starting supplies
• Guns spotted in the protest crowd
• Throwing rocks and bottles at law enforcement officers
• Broke windows at a business
• Reckless driving, blocking intersections

People are asking us valid questions about our police responses over the last three nights. For example, why are we conc...
10/10/2020

People are asking us valid questions about our police responses over the last three nights. For example, why are we concerned about bottles being thrown at us?

On October 9, bottles were being thrown at officers. These photos show the contents of a backpack recovered during an arrest on October 9 during the protest activity. These materials (bottles with flammable fluids, toilet paper, and lighter fluid) can be used to start fires. This is also known as a Molotov cocktail.

10/10/2020

Incident summary from October 9

At 5:00 pm on October 9, a group of about 60 to 75 people congregated outside Wauwatosa City Hall on the north lawn. At 5:20 pm, a group of approximately 30 cars and 30 additional people left the area of 27th and Center Street and proceeded westbound on Center Street. By 5:32 pm, this group grows to approximately 50 vehicles and continues westbound on Center Street. Both crowds continue to grow and by 6:11 pm, approximately 50 additional people joined the group now at 50th Street and Center Street. Based on the size of the crowd, Wisconsin National Guard deployed. The group on Center Street begins to block all lanes of traffic while continuing westbound.

At 6:15, the group in front of City Hall moved in a circle around the intersection, crossing with the lights in the crosswalk. Two people stood in the crosswalk holding a banner in the crosswalk blocking southbound traffic on Wauwatosa Avenue. These individuals with the banner on Wauwatosa Avenue received a warning to disperse. They failed to leave the intersection. Law enforcement personnel took these two protesters in the intersection into custody.

At 6:50 pm, the Center Street group merges with the group at City Hall, forming a crowd of approximately 100 people and 20 vehicles. Law enforcement personnel authorized the use of chemical (tear gas) and less lethal munitions (pepper balls and paint balls) in self-defense only as small children were present in the crowd. Further, the crowd was given additional time to disperse before making arrests.

At 7:00 pm, the curfew went into effect. Vehicles fanned out and blocked North Avenue and Wauwatosa Avenue. Blocking an intersection is not lawful conduct.

Unlawful Assembly Announcements
1. At 7:08 pm, law enforcement personnel made an unlawful assembly announcement and directed the crowd to disperse.
2. At 7:16 pm, law enforcement personnel made a second unlawful assembly announcement and directed the crowd to disperse. This announcement was audible blocks away from the intersection of Wauwatosa Avenue and North Avenue.
3. At 7:30 pm, law enforcement personnel made a third unlawful assembly announcement and directed the crowd to disperse.
4. At 7:36 pm, law enforcement personnel made a fourth unlawful assembly announcement and directed the crowd to disperse.

At 7:40, one protester advanced towards the police line. Law enforcement personnel took the individual into custody without incident. At 7:51 pm, a protester inside the group posts a photo of himself holding a handgun while inside the group gathered.

Fifty-two minutes after the initial announcement of an unlawful assembly, law enforcement advanced towards the crowd in order to have them disperse. At 8:06 pm, members of the group throw rocks and bottles at law enforcement personnel. Law enforcement command staff authorized the deployment of chemical munitions (tear gas) and less lethal munitions (pepper balls and paint balls) in self-defense.

At 8:07 pm, law enforcement deployed tear gas and the crowd moved to the east. Members of the group attempted to block the street with dumpsters and other items at approximately the 7200 block of W. North Avenue. At 8:20 pm, law enforcement personnel observed that the group attempted to set something on fire in the 7200 block of W. North Avenue, but the group was not successful.
Members of the group broke the windows at Snap Fitness located at 7212 W. North Avenue. Law enforcement took six people into custody who had attempted to start fires. Several minutes later, law enforcement personnel took one additional individual into custody who was in possession of burning materials, including lighter fluid.

Between 9:00 and 11:00 pm, the crowd continued to leave eastbound on North Avenue.
A protest group with approximately 20 vehicles stopped at the West Allis Police Department at 9:54 pm.

At 12:47 am on October 10, this group of vehicles departed the West Allis Police Department. Three vehicles arrived at the Wauwatosa Police Department at 1:15 am and a member of the group demanded the release of prisoners. There were no individuals in custody at the Wauwatosa Police Department. Two of the three vehicles peacefully dispersed after a few minutes. One vehicle fled the scene, almost striking a Wauwatosa Police Detective. Law enforcement personnel apprehended the driver after a short pursuit. This occurred after the individual had gotten into a second vehicle that was a stolen vehicle. Law enforcement personnel recovered a gun as well as the stolen vehicle.

Law enforcement personnel arrested twenty-eight adults. Two of the arrests were felony arrests, one was a misdemeanor arrest, and twenty-five municipal arrests. The Wauwatosa Fire Department evaluated two adult arrestees for minor injuries.

Law enforcement personnel recovered a handgun, materials to start fires, and a stolen vehicle.

We can appreciate the anger and frustration that exists among those closely affected by recent events. We continue to ask that all citizens comply with the emergency order in place by remaining away from City of Wauwatosa public spaces during the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:00 am each night to ensure the safety of all members of our community. This order expires on Monday, October 12 at 6:00 am.

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