A Mother Mourns
Anthony (Tony) Robinson, an UNARMED, black teen, was shot 5 times in the CHEST by Madison, Wisconsin Cops
Young, Gifted and Black, a Madison-based group, responded to the shooting in a Facebook statement:
Tonight an unarmed 19-year old Black teenager, Anthony Robinson was shot 5 times in the chest and killed by the Madison Police Department. Reports between the police and the youth’s friends differ, but it is clear he was unarmed. Few details are currently known, but this police murder is in the same vein as what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York, and Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee. Given the racial disparities in Madison, we have known our city is no different.
At 2:50 minutes after the initial call, one of the officers says he is in an upstairs apartment. At the 3:09 mark of the audio, the officer says “shots fired, shots fired.” An ambulance is then called to the scene.
The family has some very profound words to share with the Police Officers, barricading the area:
Does is not matter to you that my Grandson is dead? That he was shot by a cop 5 times?
According to the Heavy News, here is the Police Department’s account of what happened – but family and friends disagree:
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said at a news conference that an officer responded to 911 calls reporting a “subject” who was “jumping in and out of traffic, dodging cars and the like.” that had been responsible for a battery. Koval said the first responding officer was called to an apartment where the subject had gone. When the officer got to the apartment, he said he heard what sounded like a disturbance inside and forced entry.
Koval said once the officer went inside the apartment, the victim “assaulted my officer and in the context of mutual combat, the officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject.”
The officer began to give Robinson CPR and was joined in aiding him by backup officers, Koval told reporters. Robinson was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
Koval said the officer had been knocked down by a blow to the head. He was asked by a reporter if the victim was armed, and responded, “At this time it is unknown what, if anything, he had at the scene in terms of instrumentality. Initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything like that at the scene.”
Police were called to the Williamson Street incident at about 6:30 p.m. Audio from police radio transmissions has been posted online.
This story is still developing… Please check back for updates.