(MADISON, Wisc.) — Friday night’s shooting death of a 19-year-old black man in Madison, Wisconsin, by a white police officer has prompted protests and a state-required investigation.
Demonstrators took to the streets of the college town, shouting “Black lives matter,” and Madison Police Chief Mike Koval promised that their rights would be protected while urging calm in the community.
A balloon memorial had been placed near the site of the shooting Sunday morning
During a press conference following the shooting, Koval acknowledged that the dead man, Tony Robinson, “was unarmed.” “That’s going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept,” Koval added.
According to Koval, Robinson was spotted dodging in and out of traffic Friday night following an alleged battery, prompting Officer Matt Kenny to follow him to the apartment where he lived. Upon hearing what he says was a disturbance inside the home, Kenny forced his way inside where Koval says a scuffle ensued.
“This same subject then assaulted my officer and in the context of mutual combat in that sense, the officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject,” Koval said.
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries. The officer received medical treatment for a blow to the head and is now on administrative leave pending an investigation of the shooting.
Kenny, 45, was also involved in a 2007 shooting but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
According to court documents obtained by ABC News, Robinson pleaded guilty to charges of being a party to armed robbery in April 2014, and was under supervision when police responded to a complaint about him Friday night.
Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, told reporters that her son was not violent and has become “another black kid shot by the police for no reason.”
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