Let’s be real here. They are not seeking justice or accountability. That has already happened. They are seeking revenge and cash – courtesy of the taxpayers.
The family of Tony Robinson, the black teen who was fatally shot in March during a struggle with Madison police Officer Matt Kenny, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Wednesday against the city and Kenny, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Madison, states that Robinson was killed “without lawful justification” and “through an act of intentional homicide” by Kenny on March 6 at an apartment building on Williamson Street on Madison’s Near East Side.
The lawsuit was filed by the Robinson’s estate, with his mother, Andrea Irwin, as representative for the estate. Lawyers for the estate are from the Chicago civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy.
“Because of his status as a police officer, defendant Kenny has not been held accountable for his actions,” the lawsuit states. “Instead, despite the cries of a grieving community, the authorities, including the city of Madison, have endorsed defendant Kenny’s actions — an act of deliberate indifference to the senseless and unlawful killing of Tony Robinson Jr., and others, at the hands of the Madison Police Department.”
The lawsuit has long been threatened, and follows news Tuesday of a $2.3 million settlement between the city and the family of Paul Heenan, who also died after being shot by a police officer in 2012. The city admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.