Wisconsin Cop Won’t Be Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Tony Robinson

May 13, 2015  |  

The Wisconsin police officer who fatally wounded 19-year-old Tony Robinson will not face criminal charges, CNN reports.

Back in March, Office Matt Kenny, 45, gunned down Robinson near a Madison, Wisconsin apartment complex. Prior to the shooting, cops received a 911 call about a man who was jumping in and out of traffic. After arriving at the complex, cops allege that Robinson hit an officer in the head before knocking him to the ground. Shortly after, Kenny opened fire on Robinson, killing him. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, relatives and friends say that Robinson consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms that caused him to behave erratically on the day he was killed.

“I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the 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.,” Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Tuesday.

The decision attracted praise from the Wisconsin police union and criticism from Robinson’s relatives.

“This is politics, and not justice,” the teen’s grandmother Sharon Irwin said.

“I’m heartbroken and I’m angry,” said Robinson’s mother Andrea Irwin. “I’m more than upset, almost something that I can’t even describe right now.”

Irwin also shared that she “absolutely” plans to file a civil lawsuit against the department for her son’s death.

“The things that have taken place since my son passed and the things that have been done to my family, to me, they’ve gone above and beyond to try to make sure they kick me when I’m down,” she said Tuesday. “They have done a smear campaign against my child and against me since this all began.”

Kenny has been on paid administrative leave since the March shooting. He will remain on leave pending the outcome of the police department’s internal policy review of the fatal incident.

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