WAUWATOSA -- Protesters take their message "shutting it down," to Mayfair Mall on Saturday, July 23rd, prompting several stores to temporarily close. The group is called "Justice 4 Jay," after a Milwaukee man was shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer last month.
Jay Anderson, Jr. was shot and killed on June 23rd. Wauwatosa police say an officer saw a suspicious vehicle in Madison Park early that morning — Anderson was alone inside the car. Police say the officer spotted a gun in Anderson’s possession and feared for his safety, firing his own weapon and hitting Anderson — who later died from his injuries.
While the Milwaukee County District Attorney considers whether the shooting was justified, family members of Anderson are urging police to release more video from that night.
Saturday afternoon, shopping mall music was drowned out by the chanting crowd.
"I was on break when it started and came back from my break and it was still going," said Sherica Knox, witness.
Cell phone video obtained by FOX6 News, shows upwards of 100 protesters marching through Mayfair Mall. The demonstration began around 1:30 p.m., and lasted more than an hour.
"There has to be answers given to these families," said Shawn Moore, protest organizer.
Supporters for Anderson's family say they want to raise awareness of the case currently reviewed by District Attorney John Chisolm.
"There were people in the mall that weren't with the family that joined in with the protest," said Moore.
Shawn Moore helped organize the rally and says the groups intention was not to cause harm or damage, but draw attention to the death of Anderson and any police video showing what led up to the officer shooting.
"Be given a copy of the tape to pursue an independent review of that tape, and independent analysis of that tape," said Moore.
Up until now, Moore says the Anderson family has only been show a very brief clip of the incident.
Inside Mayfair Mall, several stores closed their gates during the protest.
"Police came inside and had everyone close their store doors just for safety and nothing actually happened," said Knox.