Jay-Z and Team Roc, the social justice arm of his Roc Nation entertainment company, are organizing a rally in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on Thursday (Oct. 15) to demand justice for 17-year-old Alvin Cole.
Cole was killed on Feb. 2 by Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah, less than three minutes after police began to chase him through the parking lot of Mayfair mall.
The rally is set to take place at 2:30 p.m. CT on Oct. 15 in Hart Park at 7300 Chestnut Street. Face masks are required to attend.
Cole’s family, State Rep. David Bowen, and members of Until Freedom will all participate in the rally, and call for Mensah to be terminated for his actions, and Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber be fired. The rally will additionally demand for the Wauwatosa Police Department to require body cameras.
Former Milwaukee Bucks player Caron Butler has offered to pay for Cole’s headstone and will help Team Roc to provide funds.
“As someone from the Greater Milwaukee area, I was disappointed to see that Officer Mensah will not face any charges in this case,” Butler said in a press release obtained by Complex. “I’m devastated that Alvin’s family—and all of the people affected by Officer Mensah’s actions—are continuing to wake up in a world in which their loved one is gone and no one is being held responsible. Team ROC and I will continue to do our parts and try to bring some measure of support to Alvin’s family as they continue to seek justice. We hope Governor Evers will step in to help them get the answers they deserve.”
Last week, Jay-Z and Team Roc posted bond for a number of protesters arrested in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where authorities did not charge Mensah. Cole's mother, Tracy, was one of the arrested protesters on Oct. 8.