In Madison, Wisconsin, protests have erupted after police fatally shoot 19-year-old Tony Robison.
The Madison Police Chief, Mike Koval, reported that the young man was shot after an altercation in which the officer was allegedly knocked down by a blow to the head. Chief Koval did not know whether the man was armed, but he said “initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject.”
Andrea Irwin, mother of Tony Robison, spoke with WKOW-TV and said, “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”
Police responded to a call at 6:30 p.m. on Friday about a young man running through traffic, and then also a second call reportedly about the same young man being responsible for a battery.
The officer who responded went to the apartment which neighbors say was Robinson’s, and forced his way inside after hearing a disturbance. Chief Koval said the officer was assaulted by the 19-year-old and then fired at him. Koval said he believes more than one shot was fired.
Dana Ferguson from the Associated Press reported some remarks from those who lived close by Robison:
Grant Zimmerman said Robinson would run between his apartment and his roommate’s mother’s house across the street: “He runs back and forth across the street all the time, even in the middle of traffic.”
Olga Ennis, a neighbor and family friend, said Robinson was well-liked. “He was a beautiful kid,” Ennis said. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
She said many in the community don’t trust police officers. “We’re afraid of the cops,” she said. “Who do you call for help now?”
It’s sad that all these deaths keep happening. Sadly after all the recent occurrences, the police’s statements don’t hold that much value to some of the public. Protest have been going on since last evening. Search “Wisconsin Shooting” to stay updated.