Mother of Tony Robinson to Sue Police
The mother of a 19-year-old biracial man who was shot and killed by a Madison, WI police officer said she will sue the police department.
The news comes after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced that no criminal charges will be filed in the case.
Robinson was fatally shot by Officer Matt Kenny on Mar. 6. Days of protests followed the incident, as Robinson’s death came amid building tensions over police killings of unarmed Black men throughout the country.
Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, said she was outraged by the announcement.
“I’m heartbroken and I’m angry,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. “I’m more than upset, almost something that I can’t even describe right now.”
Attorney Jon Loevy said the family’s investigation into the case is continuing, but he declined to answer questions from reporters about it.
“We have more questions than you do and we don’t have answers.”
Protests in response to Robinson’s death and the announcement have been ongoing. While activists have the support of Robinson’s family, they are stressing that the outcry should not be violent.
“The family feels strongly that protests should not be violent, should be calm,” Loevy told reporters. “This is not a situation where people should get hurt or the community should tear itself apart.”
Ozanne called for calm as he made his highly anticipated announcement.
“I am concerned that recent violence around our nation is giving some in our communities a justification for fear, hatred and violence,” he said. “I am reminded that true and lasting change does not come from violence, but from exercising our voices and our votes.”