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Video: Protests Erupt After Wisconsin Officer Shoots, Kills "Unarmed" Man

March 09, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Protests Erupt After Wisconsin Officer Shoots, Kills "Unarmed" Man

Friday night Madison, Wis., officers received a call from dispatch that a young man had assaulted another person, possibly tried to strangle another, and had jumped out in front of traffic. Dispatchers also told the officers that no weapons had been spotted by the witnesses and the suspect had left the scene to go back to his apartment.

Officers went to the apartment at 1125 Williamson Street, where they reportedly heard what sounded like a disturbance inside. Madison police say at least one officer entered the apartment, struggled with the suspect, and shot and killed the suspect, Tony Robinson.

Robinson, 19, was African American, the officer who fired the shots is white. Robinson was reportedly "unarmed."

The officer was reportedly injured, but details of the incident have not been released by the agency as the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation as is procedure with officer-involved deaths, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Robinson was convicted of armed robbery in 2014 and his sentence was suspended. The crime was reportedly a home invasion involving five 18-year-old men, one of whom was armed with a shotgun. The stolen property was recovered and no one was injured, reports.

In the aftermath of Friday's shooting, a number of protests have erupted in Madison, which is home to the University of Wisconsin and the state capital.

Today, scores of protesters entered the Capitol Building and chanted, "Stand up, fight back, no more black men under attack" and "indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail—the whole damn system is guilty as hell." The Capitol protesters then marched to the City County Building, Channel 3000 reports.

Also, today, numerous Madison area student walked out of classes.

Over the weekend, a vigil was held for Robinson outside of the apartment building where he was killed, and the Young Gifted an Black Coalition made demands of local government.

Channel 3000 reports that the coalition is demanding that Robinson's funeral expenses be paid by the police department and the local government, and that the officer held accountable for Robinson's death.

Madison police say the officer who shot Robinson was involved in another deadly shooting in 2007. In that incident—characterized as a "suicide by cop"—a 48-year-old man was shot and killed by the officer when he pointed what appeared to be a .38 caliber revolver at officers. The gun was actually a pellet gun replica. The shooting was ruled justified by the Dane County District Attorney.

Comments (9)

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morg4163 @ 3/9/2015 5:30 PM

Suspended sentence for a home invasion??? WTF??? Brown, Garner, and Robinson all had one thing in common, they were all criminals who fought the police.

Grog18b @ 3/9/2015 8:06 PM

This guy's mother gets on TV and says she never saw him act violently... He is a convicted armed robber, home invasion type. Not a violent bone in his body, huh Mom? Riiiiight. These people protesting need to get a clue. The guy attacked a police officer, injured him, and was shot. If the same incident happened, with a black police officer, no one would say a word. It's all about those nasty racist black killer cops...

It's only going to get worse.

If you are a LEO, and someone attacks you, use the amount of force to overcome their resistance, even if that means shooting them.

Lesson to be learned here? Don't attack a police officer. They carry guns, and are empowered to use them to defend themselves and others, regardless of what "color" you are.

Dave @ 3/10/2015 7:17 AM

I'm so sick of this. I can't wait to retire. I really feel sorry for our younger officers who cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

marshal @ 3/10/2015 7:26 AM

It doesn't matter what we say or the evidence shows. The ignorant in this country will always be stupid. It was proven by science Brown didn't have his hands up but yet they still chant "hands up don't shoot". It doesn't apply. If you attack a cop or try to take his gun it doesn't matter what color you are you will get shot. Plain and simple. It isn't a race thing it is a stupidity thing.

Tom Ret @ 3/10/2015 7:30 AM

If it hadn't been for the officer depriving this young man of his life he, deceased, likely would have had many years of future robberies and crimes he could have participated in and enjoyed. What is this world coming to when a young black man can't strangle people and rob without being harassed and then murdered by the police. The officer must be guilty because he was involved in a previous justified shooting. The Chief apparently agrees.

JB @ 3/10/2015 8:09 AM

I still do not understand why the media does not take the time and effort when they have the public's attention on Officer Involved Shootings to educate the public about the correct statistics and the legal process. What police can legally do and what they cannot legally do and what the public is legally required to do. Obviously the University of Wisconsin is not going to take advantage of this situations and do that. I thought people were innocent until proven guilty. I did not read the part that said unless you were a police officer.
Hang in there- it may get worse, but eventually it will get better. Sometimes it takes the crime rate going back up to so, but it will get better.

TC @ 3/10/2015 8:09 AM

No matter what the news media says, or even what the handful of protesters say, there are a great many more of us who totally support our law enforcement officers. We just don't have a good way to tell you, but we're working on it.

TC @ 3/10/2015 8:16 AM

Home invasions should carry a maximum penalty no matter what, no matter what your age. You should not get three strikes for a home invasion. Make the penalty fit the crime. People must be able to be safe and secure in their own homes.

plato's playdough @ 3/10/2015 7:57 PM

The BF mature is seen immediately punching the WF State Trooper as she boards the bus. BF mature is ON TOP of the Officer, whilst they are on the ground. Listen to the comments of the videographer... "She's not in control of the situation.."

Ferguson and others of similar events, are empowering the widdle wascals, those wascally wabbits.

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