Unarmed, Black, and Dead

Mar 8, 2015 - 0 Comments

Another unarmed black man is dead at the hands of a white police officer and another city’s streets are filling with protesters. 


The fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin on March 6, 2015, by Officer Matt Kenny has prompted street rallies and an internal investigation, but so far few other details of the deadly confrontation are known.

Robinson died at the hospital shortly after being shot by Officer Kenny in his own apartment. The 12-year police veteran stated he’d overheard a disturbance there while responding to a different call at the rental complex and forced his way in.

It’s not yet clear if the unarmed black youth was alone, or whether Officer Kenny was wearing a body camera.

Tony Robinson had no actual weapon though, acknowledged Madison’s chief of police, Mike Koval. “That's going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept," he said.

Robinson’s untimely death came just days after the Justice Department declined to pursue civil rights violations against the cop who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

However, federal officials did find a pattern of abuse by Ferguson’s criminal justice system, including racial profiling and biased enforcement of laws which severely targeted and punished Ferguson’s black citizenry.


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