Tony Robinson (19) was shot on Friday, March 6 by a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin. He was shot 3 times: in the head, torso and right arm. The culprit, Matt Kenny, was a 45-year-old veteran. The autopsy results have not said whether the victim was facing the officer or was turned away.
Robinson was shot in a confrontation. The boy was unarmed. On Friday last week the police was notified that Robinson was in traffic, on the street and had assaulted someone. Kenny had heard that something was not right inside an apartment, pushed the door and entered.
On Saturday hundreds of mourners gathered at the Wisconsin high school. There were so many people that they could not fit into the auditorium which had a capacity of 1.000 persons. So the gym was used for the rest of the people.
The state Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the shooting. Mike Koval, Chief of Madison Police, said that the distrust caused by the shooting is understandable and he encouraged the community to protest peacefully. The family of the victim also demanded peaceful protests and explained that they do not intend to encourage an anti-police movement. As a consequence, mourners who showed up with signs at the high school were requested to put them away.
The program opened with scripture reading and prayers. Afterwards Robinson’s friends shared memories and emotional farewell messages. Lorien Carter, his aunt, recited a poem. She declared that she doesn’t consider Tony to be a victim. She believes that he was called by God to take place on the highest of the thrones.
Turin Carter, Robinson’s uncle, talked about how Tony always wanted to help people and fought for justice. He added that he intends to continue his nephew’s legacy and expose breaches of justice.
Robinson was biracial: his mother was white and his father black. The office who killed him was a white man. This led to fiery racial protest. But in Madison the protests were indeed peaceful and in addition, they emphasized some local concerns such as the fact that only 7% of the 240,000 population is black. They expressed their dissatisfaction regarding the inequalities that take place in the black neighborhoods.
Mike Koval said that the police does a lot of good and he does not want to be defined by this incident. He asked understanding and forgiveness from the people’s part.
Image Source: Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement
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