Tony Robinson, A Black Teen Shot Dead By Cop In Wisconsin
A 19-year-old teenager was shot dead Friday evening after a confrontation with a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin.
According to reports, Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr., was a graduate of Sun Prairie High School. NBC News is reporting,
The shooting took place Friday at about 6:30 p.m., Madison police said, and sparked protests, including a sit-in at Madison City Hall. Police have not released the race or any other details about the officer involved.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said at a press conference that an officer responded to reports of a man jumping in and out of traffic and that “the same subject had been responsible for a battery that had recently been committed.”
Koval said the officer followed the man to the residence where the battery took place, and said the man attacked the officer there. During the confrontation, the officer drew his weapon and shot the suspect.
“The initial finds at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature” on the suspect, Koval said.
The officer performed CPR on the suspect, who was taken to a hospital but later died.
Since the shooting took place, more than 100 protestors have gathered at the location. The Robinson family has also been told they cannot see Tony’s body. His grandmother told protestors, “they won’t let us come near him. I just want to hold him and tell him it’s okay. Go Home to God. They told me he was evidence.”
We’re hoping the justice system truly looks into this case. This is YET ANOTHER young black male that has lost his life to the gun of a police officer. WTF!
Just Thursday, Shonda Rhimes’ episode of Scandal, touched on the topic. Today, we’re saying yet another prayer for our young black man.