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Madison, WI — Tony Robinson, 19, was shot by a Madison police officer on Friday as law enforcement responded to reports of battery and of a man creating a safety hazard by jumping in and out of traffic.
According to police, the officer followed the teen into his apartment and was allegedly struck in the head leading to him shooting the teen.
Madison Police Officer Matthew Kenny was the responding officer.
According to the Anti-Media.org,
In 2007, Officer Kenny was involved in another on-duty shooting. Forty-eight-year-old Ronald Brandon was shot and killed by Kenny after pointing a firearm at law enforcement and refusing to drop the weapon. Investigators classified the killing as “suicide by cop” at the time and cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. The gun possessed by Brandon, which was said to resemble a 38-calliber handgun, turned out to be a pellet gun.
As the controversy over this case swarms, so do the protesters. Not one day has passed without protest since the shooting, leading to some referring to this incident as the new Ferguson.
While the people in Madison, Wisconsin are different, the idea is the same; “Stop killing us.”
Over 2,000 protesters gathered on Monday to protest inside the rotunda of the Capitol. There were no storm-trooper police in riot gear, yet somehow the protest remained entirely peaceful.
Perhaps the most heartening aspect of Monday’s protest is that the majority of this crowd of 2,000 protestors were high school kids who staged the walkout from their classrooms.
“There is an indifference between people and police. We all need to come together,” Ali Asafford, 15, told the Huff Post after leaving class at Madison’s East High School.
During the protest, the crowd of high schoolers began chanting “I believe that we will win.”
The scene was hopeful yet somber as some of the protesters sadly mourned the loss of their friend.
According to Madison.com, on Monday evening, about 100 people from teens to the elderly crowded into a small room for a previously scheduled meeting of the city’s Police and Fire Commission to voice sadness, concern and outrage — as well as constructive suggestions on policing and support of the black community.
Madison School District officials embraced the students’ rally by asking community leaders to come to the Capitol to ensure the students remained safe. They also provided seven buses for transportation back to school after the rally.
Students were not disciplined for attending, and could be excused by their parents, said district spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson. Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and other district officials were at the rally.
“In general, we thought it was important that if students chose to demonstrate, that we ensure they are safe and provide positive adult presence to support our students as they express their concerns, grief and questions,” said Strauch-Nelson.
When high school kids take this kind of interest in their community, only good can come from it. It is indeed heartening to see such a response from such a young crowd.
These teens deserve to be commended for their bravery and lack of complacency. Bravo teenagers, keep up the good work.
Author: Matt Agorist