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Will charges be filed? District Attorney to announce findings in Tony Robinson case Tuesday

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DANE COUNTY (WITI) -- Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Sunday, May 10th gave 48 hours notice as it relates to a decision in the officer-involved shooting that led to the death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th -- when Ozanne is expected to deliver his findings in this case. We should learn whether criminal charges will be filed against the officer.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

Robinson was shot and killed on March 6th by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny.

The incident began when authorities got a call that a male was yelling and jumping in front of cars, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.

A little later, the dispatcher says, “Apparently Tony hit one of his friends. No weapons seen.”Dispatchers identified him as Tony Robinson, according to 911 audio obtained by WKOW.

About four minutes later, the dispatcher says, “I got another call for the same suspect at [the same address]. He tried to strangle another patron.”

About 30 seconds later, an unidentified officer says, “Shots fired, shots fired.”

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny

When Officer Matt Kenny went to the apartment, he heard some commotion and forced his way in, Koval said.

“Once inside the home the subject involved in this incident — the same one allegedly out in traffic and that had battered someone — assaulted my officer,” Koval said.

Koval says Robinson attacked Officer Kenny.

After that, according to the chief, “The officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject.”

According to reports, Robinson was shot in the head, torso and arm.

Officer-involved shooting of Tony Robinson

Officer-involved shooting of Tony Robinson

Robinson had a criminal history. Wisconsin Circuit Court documents indicate Robinson pleaded guilty in December to an armed robbery that occurred last April.

As for Kenny, this isn't the first time he has used lethal force. In 2007, he shot and killed a man in what the police chief described as a "suicide by cop."

Kenny was exonerated of wrongdoing and received a commendation.

Following the shooting of Robinson, Kenny was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Robinson's death sparked several large protests in Madison. Five days after the incident, large groups gathered near the Capitol in Madison -- one rallying in support of Robinson, and the other in support of law enforcement.

Tony Robinson Capitol rally

Tony Robinson Capitol rally

Rally in support of law enforcement in Madison

Rally in support of law enforcement in Madison

One day after the protests, Attorney General Brad Schimel said the Department of Justice's reports on the incident would be turned over to a prosecutor in a matter of weeks.

By April 1st, Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin said she believed Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne would thoroughly review the circumstances surrounding her son's death. But just a week later, family members cast doubt on the case, saying the DOJ's probe into Robinson's death isn't fair, because the agency is staffed by former police officers. They then called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to step in.

Madison police issued this statement on Sunday:

"(Sunday) afternoon, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne provided his 48-hour notice regarding the Tony Robinson officer-involved shooting investigation. In doing so, DA Ozanne has indicated he will deliver his findings this Tuesday.

The Madison Police Department has been diligently preparing for this announcement for several weeks. Our contingency planning has involved both logistics and multiple meetings with community leaders. It is our hope - that working together - Madison can come through these challenging days ahead without violence or property damage.

It is quite possible that there will be civil dissent, and the men and women of the MPD will - as they have done in the past - help facilitate the safe movement of people should they decide to exercise First Amendment rights.

It is our belief that Madison can endure without being fractured."

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  • s holmes

    File your charges, fat lot of good that did the racially biased da in the George Zimmerman case. Get the libs hopes up real high & then pull the carpet out. I can’t get enough of that.


    Liberal charges don’t stick. You can’t make something out of nothing. Clearly the felon attacked the peace officer, even though his death was terrible for everyone involved one must look at his upbringing and who provided him with the liberal drugs.

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