May 12, 2015 7:00 pm -


Officer Matt Kenney  of the Madison, Wisconsin Police Department, won’t face charges in the shooting of Tony Robinson. Robinson, 19, was unarmed when he was fatally shot.

“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 said Tuesday.

“I am concerned that recent violence around our nation is giving some in our communities a justification for fear, hatred and violence,” Ozanne said. “I am reminded that true and lasting change does not come from violence, but from exercising our voices and our votes. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Violence brings only temporary change. Violence, by creating many more social problems than it solves, never brings permanent peace.’ ”

Before announcing his highly-anticipated decision, Ozanne noted his background as the first district attorney of color in the state, then detailed the evidence that led him to the conclusion that Kenny should not be charged.

“My decision will not bring Tony Robinson Jr. back,” Ozanne told reporters. “My decision will not end the racial disparities that exist in the justice system, in our justice system. My decision is not based on emotion. Rather, this decision is based on the facts as they have been investigated and reported to me.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

2 responses to Madison, WI Officer Won’t Face Charges In Shooting Of Biracial Man

  1. Suzanne McFly May 12th, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I seen this DA present his reasoning for this decision, and it seemed thorough. However, after listening to the news later on, I found out the cop originally was told not to go into the apartment and wait for backup. He didn’t follow orders and a young man is dead. It seemed like a terrible situation to be put in, but I don’t know why he didn’t wait as instructed or what is going on with no one using a taser? Why is the decision always solved with someone dying? They are fighting like they are at war, and as far as I know, the war is in Iraq.

  2. fahvel May 13th, 2015 at 3:32 am

    unarmed person, armed policeman, policeman shoots and kills unarmed person, policeman is a murderer.