Tempers are flared following the murder of 19-year-old Tony Robinson who was shot and killed Friday night (March 6) by a White police officer in Madison, Wisconsin. A witness claims that Robinson, who was unarmed, was shot four to six times by Officer Matt Kenny, who was responding to an altercation involving the teen.
Considering the fact that the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner are still fresh, both who were also unarmed Black men murdered by cops, people all over the country are enraged. As a result, Madison has quickly become the new epicenter for protests against police brutality, with organizers still pushing the phrase “Black lives matter.”
But, according to MSNBC, Robinson’s family is asking that protestors demonstrate in peace, and continue to use social media to raise awareness.
“This is a bigger issue than Tony,” Robinson’s uncle, Turin Carter, said during a press conference Monday (March 9). “This highlights a universal issue with law enforcement. It’s surreal to realize that my nephew is now a hashtag.”
Here are the details surrounding the shooting, as reported by CNN:
The incident started when authorities got a call that a black male was yelling and jumping in front of cars, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.
Dispatchers identified him as Tony Robinson, according to 911 audio obtained by WKOW.
A little later, the dispatcher says, ‘Apparently Tony hit one of his friends. No weapons seen.’
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.’
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.
After that, according to the chief, ‘The officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject.’
Speaking in reference to the witness who accused Officer Kenny of firing numerous shots, Carter added that his nephew should not have died that Friday night. “We appreciate the police and we understand the necessity for them but once again that does not excuse what happened,” Carter said. “It takes one bullet from a trained gunman to end a life—it takes one bullet.”