Police Tapes: Officers Told Of Battery Involving Tony Robinson Before Shooting

 

 

 

 

 

” The Friday evening police call that would end with a white officer fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, sparking heated protests and pained conversations across Madison, started with a report of a man on Williamson Street “yelling and jumping in front of cars.”

  Police radio transmissions from Friday night, archived and later posted online, start with dispatchers sending officers to 1125 Williamson St.”

Here is the complete police scanner audio regarding the Robinson shooting …

” With police on the way, a dispatcher tells the officers that the man is named Tony Robinson, and that callers have said he hit and tried to strangle someone inside the Williamson Street house.

  Less than 20 seconds after an officer radios that he is going into an upstairs apartment, there is a call for shots fired.

  In those seconds, police say Robinson, 19, of Madison, and Officer Matt Kenny, 45, who has been with the department more than 12 years, struggled inside the apartment before Kenny fatally shot Robinson. Kenny was injured in the altercation, police said.

  Authorities Saturday declined to answer many questions about what happened between Kenny and Robinson. Madison police said the release of that information will be up to the state Division of Criminal Investigation, which is leading the inquiry into the shooting as part of a state law requiring outside investigation of all officer-involved deaths.

  Chief Mike Koval on Saturday confirmed reports from protesters and Robinson’s family members that the teen was unarmed when he was killed, and acknowledged that fact has driven much of the outcry following the shooting.

“ He was unarmed,” Koval said, “and that’s going to make this all the more complicated … for the public to accept, to understand and to wait patiently for what other circumstances, if any, were there … such that deadly force had to be used.” “

Read more at the Wisconsin State Journal

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