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Why Won’t the Media Fully Report Tammy Baldwin Staffer’s Ties to Wauwatosa Unrest?


Why won’t the media fully report the deep ties that Tammy Baldwin’s Milwaukee office director, Tiffany Henry, has to the Wauwatosa unrest, including a dangerous scene of violence? Henry was accused by fellow People’s Revolution members of being at the scene where two police officers were attacked and beaten at their own home in a chaotic riot where a gun was discharged near them.

Some Peoples Revolution members alleged that Henry used physical violence against an officer, called him an expletive, spoke to the accused shooter before he turned himself in, and said he was “fair game,” police reports show.

Would the media report it if the staffer worked for, say Ron Johnson, and the violence occurred from people associated with the right?

That seems even more relevant now that Baldwin, on July 21, announced that she is seeking a federal civil rights investigation into the Wauwatosa Police Department stemming from the three shootings by former Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah and other allegations against police. Baldwin wrote, “Wisconsin families have put forward serious allegations of misconduct, including policing practices that allegedly targeted individuals because of their race and/or their engagement in activities protected by the First Amendment.”

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Mensah’s girlfriend’s house

Yet the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the federal probe request by Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore didn’t bother to mention the involvement of Baldwin’s key staffer in the Wauwatosa matters. Some media stories have reported Henry’s involvement in protests without mentioning her job with Baldwin. Stories on her arrest at one protest that turned ugly similarly never bring up Baldwin. The media haven’t explored her role at the scene of the Mensah attack.

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Joseph mensah’s girlfriend shared these photos of her injuries on facebook.

The protests, which have gone on for more than a year in Wauwatosa, a suburb next to Milwaukee, have sometimes been peaceful but have also culminated in looted stores, smashed windows, lights being shined in citizens’ windows, curfew violations, trespassing, abuse hurled at officers, obstruction of traffic, things being tossed at officers, injury to officers, and other lawbreaking.

WTMJ-TV reported that Henry was arrested live on Facebook during another Mensah protest but, again, without mentioning her Baldwin link. She was described as a community activist. Watch the arrest video here. She was cited several times in connection with unrest.

She’s been described to us as a leader of the Peoples Revolution group; indeed, when we interviewed the Peoples Revolution’s key leader, Khalil Coleman, about his ties to leaders of the Gangster Disciples gang, Henry showed up to stage-manage the interview, sometimes interrupting our line of questioning. Coleman is now facing felony charges in Kentucky on accusations he told a juvenile to rob what they mistakenly thought was a drug house.

She’s in this video verbally confronting a police lieutenant. Toward the end, Coleman tells the officer to shove a three-minute warning to disperse up his as*. Henry, who has worked for Baldwin in different capacities since 2005, according to Legistorm, has been deeply involved in the Wauwatosa unrest for some time and is not an incidental observer of the agitation.

What Baldwin doesn’t say and the media haven’t asked is whether her own staffer is one of those “allegedly targeted individuals” she wants the DOJ to get involved in investigating police over, especially since the request to DOJ includes a letter from attorney Kimberley Motley that discusses an alleged list of protesters being compiled by police, accusing the PD of targeting Peoples Revolution members especially.

If one of those people is Baldwin’s own Milwaukee office director, that seems relevant to report.

Wauwatosa police have denied targeting individuals unfairly or in a racist fashion. Mensah was cleared in each of three shooting deaths after extensive reviews although a Milwaukee judge with an alleged conflict of interest recently issued an unprecedented decision saying there was probable cause to charge him with homicide. Baldwin and Henry have not responded to previous requests by Wisconsin Right Now for comment.

Although she has never been arrested or charged in connection with the attack on Mensah, Henry also did not give police an account of what she saw the day that then Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah and his Milwaukee police officer girlfriend were left bruised after being attacked by members of the Peoples Revolution group.

Two Peoples Revolution members, Ronald Bell and William Lofton were accused in connection with discharging a gun near the officers, and Niles McKee was accused of providing the gun. Their felony cases are pending in court. Read the criminal complaint here. The officers’ home was also vandalized with toilet paper and windows were broken that day.

In a video obtained by police, state Rep. David Bowen walked out of a Target store with Henry the day of the violence, clutching a large package of toilet paper.

The toilet paper is significant because the caravan of Peoples Revolution members left the Target store and went to Mensah’s girlfriend’s home, where some members vandalized the property by throwing toilet paper around before the violence erupted. Police reports indicate Bowen was at Target with other Peoples Revolution members. Peoples Revolution members told police Henry was at the scene when the violence broke out.