Family of Jay Anderson, killed by Wauwatosa police, demands more transparency

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WAUWATOSA -- The family of a man shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer is demanding more transparency from investigators.

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson was shot and killed on June 23rd by a Wauwatosa police officer in Madison Park. This past weekend marked the four-month anniversary of his death.

"It's been hard. It's been really hard," said Linda Anderson, Jay's mother.

Jay and Linda Anderson held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, October 26th. They are demanding the name of the officer who shot and killed their son be released -- as well as a 20-second dash cam video of that shooting.

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson

"We need all of this information to come out," Linda Anderson said.

Police say Anderson had a gun. Investigators say the officer involved thought Anderson was reaching for the weapon moments before the shooting.

Last week, the Anderson family saw enhanced dash cam video of the shooting. That is what they want made public. The family also learned the officer who killed their son also used deadly force less than a year prior to Anderson's death. They want criminal charges filed against the officer who killed Anderson.

Madison Park Crime Scene

Madison Park Crime Scene

"We are first and foremost we're asking the DA's office, John Chisholm, for transparency. We're asking for that. Beyond that, we're pretty much demanding transparency in this case. This case has been ongoing. It's been a heck of a process for the family," said Michael Kemet, a family friend.

Jay Anderson's family holds news conference

"I believe this officer should go to jail for the rest of his life for what he did to my son," Linda Anderson said.

In response to the enhanced footage, Wauwatosa police sent FOX6 News this statement:

"It is our understanding that the Jay Anderson, Jr. video has been enhanced by the state at the family’s request, however, we do not have a copy of it and have not seen it.

Consistent with our earlier position on this incident we will be making all records in this case available to the public, following Wisconsin Public Records protocols, when the DA’s office makes a final determination and issues a report.

We ask everyone to withhold judgment until the full investigation is complete, and all information be considered in its entirety when released to the public."

This case is in the hands of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for a charging decision.

Justice for Jay Anderson

5 comments

  • confused

    3am ,closed park, armed person. Of all the places to park to sleep, this seems like asking for trouble. I have also had trouble sleeping but I never would park somewhere closed and arm myself. Wayyyyy to many things could go wrong with that situation.

  • hurry up and tell us so we can sue..

    Ok.. We all get it.. they want answers. So do we all, especially so we can stop hearing about them. But crying for more transparency is stupid. The last thing they need is a bunch of people continually hounding and harassing an investigative team because they want answers faster. Guess what, all that will do is slow the process down even more. So sit tight, shut up, and wait patiently. Besides, everyone knows this family is only impatient for answers because they are looking for any little piece of information they can use to get law suits going. They want money, not answers.

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