No charges for Officer Who Shot Tony Robinson
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 3:57 p.m.
The mother of a 19-year-old man shot to death by a police officer in Madison says she’s not surprised by a prosecutor’s decision not to charge the officer.
Andrea Irwin’s son, Tony Robinson Jr., died in the shooting in March.
Irwin says she doesn’t think the investigation was thorough enough.
“They could have done a lot. What they didn’t do was give my son any respect,” she said.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says Officer Matt Kenny feared for his life after being punched in the head and used lawful deadly force.
Religious leaders joined hands and began singing an African-American spiritual after a Wisconsin prosecutor announced that a white Madison police officer who fatally shot an unarmed biracial man in March will not be charged.
Dozens gathered in silence near the house where 19-year-old Tony Robinson was shot, congregating around cellphones that channeled live feeds of the announcement just more than a mile away.
After the decision was announced, the religious leaders began singing a hymn, “Guide My Feet.”
The Rev. Chris Long, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, said, “Peace cannot come until justice is served.”
Linda Ketcham, executive director for the Madison area urban ministry, said the white community should join with the black community in calling for reform.
A Dane County prosecutor says people who are unhappy with the criminal justice system should pursue change through their voices and votes, not through violence.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne made his remarks after announcing that he would not charge a white Madison police officer in the March shooting death of an unarmed, biracial man. Ozanne said Officer Matt Kenny feared for his life and used lawful deadly force before shooting 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr.
Robinson’s death has sparked several protests, all of them peaceful, in the weeks since the shooting.
Before announcing his decision, Ozanne stressed that he himself is biracial and said he “understands the pain of unjustified profiling.”
He said he based his decision on the law.
A Wisconsin prosecutor says a white Madison police officer who shot an unarmed biracial man to death in March will not be charged because the officer used lawful deadly force.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Officer Matt Kenny had been punched in the head and feared for his life when he shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr.
Ozanne spent some 25 minutes laying out investigative findings in the case. He said multiple witnesses and 911 callers described Robinson punching a friend, attacking pedestrians and screaming on a street near his apartment house.
One caller said he feared both for himself and for Robinson.
Ozanne said Officer Kenny also thought another person in the apartment was in danger when he entered it just before the fatal shooting.
A Wisconsin prosecutor has decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed biracial man in Madison.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Tuesday that he wouldn’t file any charges against Madison officer Matt Kenny in 19-year-old Tony Robinson’s death on March 6.
Police say Kenny shot Robinson in an apartment house near the state Capitol building after Robinson attacked him. Kenny was responding to calls alleging that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in and out of traffic.
The city’s black community mounted daily rallies for a week after the shooting. The protests were peaceful, though demonstrators demanded Kenny be fired and charged with homicide.
A search warrant affidavit unsealed in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man by a Madison police officer says the officer told the next policeman arriving at the scene that he had been battered by the victim.
The affidavit was unsealed Tuesday, the same day Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne was to announce whether any charges would be filed in the March shooting of Tony Robinson.
The affidavit says Sgt. Lamar Gary arrived at the apartment house to see Officer Matt Kenny standing with his gun pointed at Robinson as Robinson was lying on the floor. Kenny told Gary he had been battered just before the shooting.
Police have said before that Kenny said he was struck by Robinson before the shooting.
The family of a biracial man killed by a white police officer isn’t pleased with a prosecutor planning to announce a charging decision to the media before them.
Madison Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house on March 6. Police said Robinson was unarmed but attacked Kenny.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne plans to announce at a news conference Tuesday afternoon whether he’ll charge Kenny. He then plans to meet with Robinson’s family.
Jerome Flowers is a family spokesman. He said Ozanne should alert the family first out of respect. He says Ozanne’s lack of compassion isn’t surprising given that he was ready to release his decision on Mother’s Day.
The family of a biracial man killed by a white police officer plans to address the media and march in the streets after a prosecutor announces whether the officer will face charges.
Madison Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house on March 6. Police said Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic. Police said Robinson was unarmed but attacked Kenny.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne plans to announce Tuesday afternoon whether he will charge Kenny. Robinson’s family plans to hold a news conference near the apartment house following the announcement and then march to the state Capitol building.
The family is warning attendees to carry the number of an attorney who can help them if they’re arrested.
A Wisconsin prosecutor is set to announce whether a white police officer who killed an unarmed biracial man in Madison will face criminal charges.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne plans to announce at a Tuesday news conference whether he’ll charge Officer Matt Kenny. Ozanne isn’t expected to take any questions.
Police say Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house in March after Robinson attacked him. Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.
Police have released few other details. The state Justice Department investigated the incident under a state law that requires outside agencies to review officer-involved deaths.
The shooting sparked several protests, all of them peaceful.