WI Police Officer Won’t Face Charges for Killing Unarmed Black Man


Madison, Wi., police officer Matt Kenny won’t face criminal charges in a fatal shooting that led to protests in Madison and drew national attention as the U.S. grapples with police shootings of unarmed black men, said Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. “I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was a result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against Officer Kenny in the death of Tony Robinson Jr.,” Ozanne said yesterday.

Kenny, who is white, shot Robinson, 19, who was biracial, at an apartment house in March. Ozanne, who also is biracial, spoke with emotion as he laid out his reasons for not pursuing charges. He said three 911 calls described Robinson’s behavior as dangerous and “crazy,” and toxicology reports confirmed multiple drugs in his system. Neighbors reported incoherent yelling, and Kenny said Robinson attacked him and would not back down. “My decision will not bring Tony Robinson Jr. back. My decision will not end the racial disparities that exist in the justice system — in our justice system,” Ozanne said. “My decision is not based on emotion; rather this decision is based on the facts as they have been investigated and reported to me.”

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