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Robinson’s Family Sues

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.

Officer Kenny Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

I’m glad that Officer Kenny will be able to get back to serving the citizens of Madison.

The Madison police officer who fatally shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson during an altercation last March will not be disciplined by the department for the shooting, officials announced Wednesday, potentially clearing the way for Officer Matt Kenny to return to patrol.

An internal review found that Kenny followed Madison Police Department policies during the incident. Kenny already was cleared of criminal charges three weeks ago, when Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Kenny’s use of deadly force against Robinson was lawful. Ozanne based his decision on a separate investigation of the shooting led by state authorities

Announcement on Robinson Shooting Coming Tuesday

Finally… the investigation has been done for weeks.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor said he will announce on Tuesday whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in Madison.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had promised to give the public advance notice of the announcement in the case of Madison Officer Matt Kenny, who shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment on March 6. Ozanne issued a brief statement on Sunday saying he would make his findings public on Tuesday.

Robinson Family Wants Officer Charged

Here we go.

Publicly declaring their lack of faith in the investigation of the shooting of Tony Robinson, members of the 19-year-old’s family demanded Monday that criminal charges be brought against the Madison police officer who killed him.

Standing of the steps of the Dane County Courthouse, family spokesman Jerome Flowers implored District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to “do the right thing,” and charge Officer Matt Kenny in the March 6 killing.

How do they know that charging Kenny is “the right thing?” Have they seen all of the evidence? Based on what we do know and what has been made public, it appears that NOT charging the officer is “the right thing.” Unless, of course, you don’t want justice… you want a lynching to soothe your grief.

Robinson Was High Before He Was Shot

According to The Guardian.

Earlier in the day Robinson had been out with a small group and had eaten magic mushrooms, according to a friend who was present at the time.

The friend, who had known Robinson for five years and whom the Guardian has chosen not to identify, said Robinson was inexperienced with hallucinogens and had consumed a large quantity. “He had no clue what he was in for. Realistically, he needed someone to sit him down and tell him that everything was OK,” the friend said.

Robinson returned to Willy Street at around 5pm after playing on the ice at Governor’s Island.

“He was in a place in his head that no one else in the world, in the universe could have understood but him,” said the friend, who still seemed traumatised by the events.

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