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Update, Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:30pm ET: 

The name of the officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday night has been released as well as radio dispatch audio which confirm that shots were fired less than 20 seconds after police entered the home where the teen died.

The officer who shot and killed Robinson has been identified as Officer Matt Kenny, 45, who has been with the department more than 12 years—and who has apparently killed someone in the line of duty before, reports the Wisconsin State Journal:

In 2007, Kenny shot and killed a 48-year-old man on Madison’s Southeast Side after the man pointed what turned out to be a replica handgun at Kenny. An investigation cleared Kenny of wrongdoing in the shooting, which authorities determined was a case of “suicide by cop.”

Police have also released their version of events that evening today as well as audio from the dispatch call. The Friday night call, which is posted online, begins with dispatchers going to Williamson Street, because of a man “jumping on and in front of cars.”

That man is identified as Robinson, and the disptacher says that callers are saying that Robinson hit and tried to strangle someone inside an apartment house.

The audio confirms that an officer “is going in” and 18 seconds later, Officer Kenny used his firearm. Presumably, the shots were fired by the officer, because police later confirmed that Robinson was unarmed.

Reports the WSJ:

The dispatcher relaying information to officers Friday night told them Robinson’s name and age, and gave them a description of the clothing he was wearing, according to the transmissions posted online. The dispatcher tells officers the person who called authorities isn’t still at the apartment, but says, “Apparently Tony hit one of his friends.”

“No weapons seen,” the dispatcher adds.

The call for shots fired comes 18 seconds later and is soon followed by requests for an ambulance, a person saying efforts at CPR have started and a request for police to block off the street.

“He was unarmed,” Chief Mike Koval confirmed on Saturday, “and that’s going to make this all the more complicated … for the public to accept, to understand and to wait patiently for what other circumstances, if any, were there … such that deadly force had to be used.”

Attorney General Brad Schimel, who oversees the Division of Criminal Investigation – the party which is tasked with investigating Robinson’s death — declined to provide more information about what led to the shooting, saying doing so would hurt the “integrity of [the] investigation.”



The story: all too familiar. The aftermath: taking it to the streets.

Late Friday evening, protests erupted in Madison, Wisconsin after an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by police earlier, according to numerous reports.

The teen has been identified by family as Anthony “Tony” Robinson a 19-year-old recent high school graduate. Police allegedly shot him after forcing their way into an apartment where they were responding to a “disturbance,” according to local paper, The Daily Cardinal. After the alleged altercation, Robinson was shot and later died at a hospital. There is no indication that Robinson was armed.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval did not identify the officer involved in the shooting—with demonstrators pointedly calling for this information—but did say that the cop was hit in the head, treated at the hospital and released, according The Cardinal. Koval also said that the officer performed CPR on Robinson.

The Wisconsin State Journal says that Robinson is the third individual shot by police since April of last year.

Predictably, protests exploded in Madison on late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Marchers said Robinson was shot five times, a claim police did not confirm.

The New York Daily News reports:

Protesters began filling the streets near the scene after the incident, claiming the shooting was unjustified. The demonstrators were quick to invoke the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which started after the police-involved deaths of two unarmed black men last year: Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Robinson’s grandmother, Sharon Irwin, allegedly shouted out: “You’re not protecting us, you’re killing us!” according to a social media poster and journalist on the scene. Irwin is also reported to have said, “I don’t want violence out here.”

State law mandates that an independent investigation be conducted by the State Department of Justice.


Sources: Daily Cardinal | New York Daily News | Wisconsin State Journal

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