UPDATE: DA updates progress in Robinson shooting

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UPDATED: Friday, April 17, 2015 --- 12:09 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.-- On Monday, Dane County District Attorney Ismael R. Ozanne received the last reports from the Division of Criminal Investigation in the Tony Robinson officer-involved shooting, according to a release from the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

Ozanne also completed a second meeting with the Medical Examiner's office, according to the release. Ozanne said he will give at least 48 hours notice prior to the release of his decision on possible charges against Matt Kenny.
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 --- 10:44 p.m.

As the District Attorney reviews the fatal officer-involved shooting of Tony Robinson, it's a waiting period for everyone involved.

Robinson's mom, Andrea Irwin, said she is glad District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is taking time to review the case, but she's also anxious to find out what happened the night of the shooting.

"It's hard to sit, just the mother side of me, and not know all of the facts and details... it's just a whole lot of waiting," Irwin said.

The Division of Criminal Investigation turned in its report on the shooting to the District Attorney's office on March 27. It's not clear when a decision will be made. Irwin said she hopes the wait will bring healing.

"I just want our family to be OK emotionally and we're not there right now," she said.

It's also period of waiting for Officer Matt Kenny and his family, as they wait to learn whether he will face charges. Jim Palmer with the Wisconsin Professional Police Association said Kenny is doing "as well as can be imagined" under the circumstances.

"It's a very stressful ordeal not only for the officer but for their family as well. It's also true of every officer involved in a situation like this and certainly true of Officer Kenny, he's mindful of the fact that a family has suffered a tragic loss, so that weighs on him as well," Palmer said.

Irwin said she couldn't comment on whether she has decided if she wants Kenny to be charged. She said she hopes whatever the outcome, it will bring positive change.

"I don't want to perpetuate any more hatred, I want to try to make something beautiful and peaceful and positive out of this, because that's what my son was," she said.

In the past few days, a memorial for Robinson has been set up at the Social Justice Center, just down the block from the home where Robinson was killed.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The mother of a man fatally shot by a Wisconsin police officer says she trusts prosecutors will seek the truth as they review the case.

Andrea Irwin told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she believes District Attorney Ismael Ozanne will thoroughly review the circumstances surrounding the death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson. She says she doesn't know enough about what happened to form an opinion.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Police have said Robinson attacked Kenny as the officer was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.

Few details have emerged. State agents completed an investigation last week and handed their findings to Ozanne, who must decide whether to charge Kenny.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 27, 2015---2:09 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice has turned over its final reports on the events that led up to a Madison Police officer killing an unarmed man to prosecutors.

Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house near the state Capitol on March 6. Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic. Police said Robinson assaulted Kenny before he was shot but have released no other details.

The incident has sparked multiple protests, with demonstrators demanding Kenny be charged with homicide.

The DOJ has been investigating the incident. A spokeswoman said the agency turned over all its findings to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Friday.

Ozanne has said he doesn't have a timetable on a charging decision.

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Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2015 --- 7:57 p.m.

Tomorrow the Department of Justice is expected to release its investigative report on the Tony Robinson shooting to the District Attorney's office. While it's unclear when District Attorney Ismael Ozanne will decide whether charges will be filed, community leaders are preparing for an emotional response from the public, regardless of what he decides.

Michael Johnson, Director of Dane County Boys and Girls Club, said he is working with a group of 20 community organizations to generate a strategic response to the decision, both immediately after it is announced and in the months to come.

"I think you need multiple approaches to these issues, and so people marching, that's great, that should happen, people should voice their concerns... but we also need people who are going to sit in board rooms and negotiate how to address these issues," Johnson said.

At a city council meeting last week, Young Gifted and Black Coalition leader Brandi Grayson directed her approach to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, saying: "We know the facts and when they come out, this city will erupt. This city will 'f-ing' erupt and the blood and whatever takes place after that will be on your hands and the mayor's hands."

Koval said he hopes the community's response to the decision will remain peaceful, though he knows it will be emotional.

"I'm hoping that those were suggestions given over to hyperbole rather than acting or saying that that's going to be the case. At least that's my hope, because I think at the end of the day we all want Madison to be a community that's in tact as we continue to engage in these very difficult discussions," Koval said.

NBC15 reached out to Grayson for an interview to discuss Young Gifted and Black Coalition's expected response. She agreed and scheduled the interview, but did not show up. To date, she has not provided an explanation.


UPDATE: Thursday, March 26, 2015 --- 11:52 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Blood tests show a Madison Police officer who killed a man was sober after the shooting.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association on Thursday released results of tests on samples of Matt Kenny's blood collected about two hours after he shot Tony Robinson on March 6. The tests found no signs of alcohol or drugs in Kenny's system.

Kenny shot Robinson after responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic. The incident drove members of the city's black community to stage daily protests for about a week. The rallies were all peaceful, although demonstrators called for Kenny to be charged with homicide.

The state Justice Department plans to turn over a report on the incident to Dane County prosecutors this week.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 23, 2015 --- 12:08 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice plans to hand its final reports on what led up to a Madison Police officer killing an unarmed man to prosecutors this week.

DOJ spokeswoman Anne Schwartz says the agency plans to hand its reports to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Friday. She says the reports won't be made public until Ozanne decides whether to file charges.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has said DOJ won't make a charging recommendation. Ozanne said Monday that he won't know how long it may take to make a decision until he has all the reports.

Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house stairwell on March 6. Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The sister of a Madison Police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man says his family supports what she called the "impulse" to protest the shooting.

Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house on March 6 after responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic. The incident has spurred the city's black community to mount multiple protests. Some demonstrators have called for Kenny to be charged with homicide but the rallies have been peaceful thus far.

Kenny's sister, Amanda, released a statement Thursday through the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. She said her family is saddened by Robinson's death and supports the "impulse to protest."

But she called her brother a caring person dedicated to public service.

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Read the entire statement on behalf of the family of Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny below.

(MADISON, WI) – Today, the WPPA issued the following statement on behalf of Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny:

Up to this point, we have preferred to remain silent, out of respect for the profound grief we know that Tony Robinson’s family and friends feel. We are deeply saddened by his loss. We know he mattered, and we wish that this tragedy could have been avoided. We also understand and
support the impulse to protest, and we want to thank Tony Robinson’s
family and other community leaders for their consistent calls for peaceful

Madison, as a community, can do better for all its citizens. We must
discuss, perhaps with more urgency, how our community handles racial
inequality and then do something about it. And while we acknowledge
that Madison has problems, we also feel that my brother is not one of
them. Matthew is an exemplary officer who operates with the highest
level of integrity, judgment, and restraint. Further, his life has taken him
across the country and around the world and into contact with people of
all cultures and backgrounds. Growing up, Matthew lived in Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, Houston, Texas, and outside Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. During his service in the Coast Guard, Matthew moved
from Alaska to Puerto Rico to Virginia; while serving on the ice breaker
the Polar Sea he sailed from the North Pole to Antarctica. It would not be difficult to find a wide array of people who can testify to his kindness, work ethic, and sense of fairness. We know that his colleagues and friends both on the MPD and in the Coast Guard have all valued his
thoughtfulness, even when they also made fun of his lifelong habit of
voracious reading.

As for his family, we can attest to Matthew’s caring, considerate nature, and his conscientiousness. His commitment to serving his community has led him to undertake numerous tasks that others would prefer to avoid. Matthew has pulled bodies from the sea after a plane crash in the Caribbean, sailed into rough waters to rescue boaters and fishermen in distress, and, while working for the MPD, intervened in countless domestic disputes, and deftly handled innumerable intoxicated, out-of control people. He sees people at their worst, but he has maintained his dedication to the safety of our city.

As we have this important discussion about race, inequality, and best practices for community policing, we hope we can all continue to consider the complexity of these issues, the challenges we ask our police to address daily, and the humanity of all involved.

My parents and I don’t wish to speak directly to the media, but we did want to take this opportunity to issue this statement on behalf of our family as the public discussion of this tragic event continues.

Thank you,

Amanda Kenny


UPDATE: Thursday, March 19, 2015 --- 7:48 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has criticized City Council members for remaining silent while members of the community denounce his department.

Koval says in a letter that the collective silence of the council is deafening.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1BZDewb ) the letter follows a Tuesday council meeting at which citizens weighed in harshly on the March 6 shooting death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed black 19-year-old, by Officer Matt Kenny, who is white.

Koval says his letter reflected frustration not just with the format of Tuesday's meeting, which he called "a kangaroo court," but with a general lack of support from the council.

The officer was responding to reports of Robinson running in traffic and battering people. Police say Robinson punched Kenny in the head before Kenny shot him.

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UPDATED: Monday, March 16, 2015---12:34 p.m.

MADISON, Wis: Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is speaking out about the officer who killed an unarmed man, urging people not to leap to conclusions about the incident.

Officer Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson inside an apartment house on March 6. Police say Kenny was responding to 911 calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic.

Koval wrote in his blog Monday that he’s outraged over people judging Kenny without any facts. He says he’s known Kenny for over twelve years. Koval says Officer Kenny is caring, conscientious individual who has a Bachelors Degree from Edgewood College and had a robust career as a Medic in the Coast Guard. He also wrote that Kenny has received 45 commendations/recognitions as a Madison police officer.

Koval said, “I am proud of the fact that my officers, themselves grieving the loss of a young man and worried about one of their own colleagues, comported themselves with distinction.”

Click on the link to read Chief Koval’s entire blog.


UPDATED: Sunday, March 15, 2015 --- 10:56 p.m.

A former sergeant of Matt Kenny's is speaking out about the officer's character, experience and judgment. Kenny fired the fatal shots in last Friday's officer-involved shooting on Williamson Street that left 19-year-old Tony Robinson dead.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Kenny shot Robinson, who was unarmed, after Robinson attacked him. Over the past week, hundreds have attended rallies to protest Robinson's death.

Sue Armagost worked for Madison Police for more than 25 years, and served as Kenny's sergeant for seven years before she retired in 2009. She now lives out of state but maintains contact with Kenny, and has spoke with him multiple times since last Friday's shooting.

Armagost described Kenny as one of the most motivated officers she knew. She commended his tactical decision making skills and commitment to training.

"Matt is the kind of person where if one of your loved ones is in a car crash on the Beltline, you want him there. If you have a kid that's acting out in the school, he's the guy you hope shows up to resolve that call because it's going to go as well as it can," Armagost said.

Many protestors have questioned Kenny's use of deadly force against Robinson, and whether the shooting was justified. Some protestors have vocalized their desires to have Kenny fired as a result of the shooting. The Division of Criminal Investigation is still completing its report on the case, but Armogost said doesn't have any doubt in Kenny's judgment that night.

"I can't tell you how much confidence I have in Matt Kenny's ability to make these decisions. I have seen him go to extremes to get people safely into custody, to get situations under control. And I have no doubt that when Matt made that decision that it was the only option left for him," she said.

Kenny was responding to reports of Robinson walking in traffic and hitting pedestrians. Armagost said officers know calls like this can quickly escalate.

"It takes a lot for someone to call 911 and say this person is physically out of control and needs some help, so as those calls start to come in, as an experienced officer, you start to think this is really starting to get crazy, and unfortunately sometimes there's situations that go from bad to worse in a split second, and that's certainly what this sounded like," Armagost said.

Kenny was involved in another officer-involved shooting in 2007, but was cleared after the incident was determined to be "suicide by cop." Armagost was with him minutes after that shooting, and said he went through a "difficult" period of time afterwards.

"Having this happen twice in one career, it doesn't happen very often. I'm grateful it doesn't happen very often because the aftermath is devastating for everyone involved," she said.

Kenny is currently on administrative leave until the Division of Criminal Investigation report is complete. Armagost said she feels given his previous experience, Kenny is better equipped than other officers in dealing with a situation like this one.

"He's doing as well as anyone would be doing under these circumstances. He's exhausted, he's tired like most people, and he's worried about himself to some extent, he's worried about his family... and he's worried about everyone else. He sees this as a long-term investigation and certainly it will take the community a long time to resolve feeling on these issues, and he's concerned that everyone take care of themselves," she said.

Armagost said Kenny is "anxious" to get back to work, but she said uncertainties remain about the outcome of the investigation.

"I think everyone's first concern is what's going to be best for the community and everyone's safety. Matt is not going to want to be in any situation where anyone's safety is resolved or he becomes the focus of unwanted attention, but he would just like to get back to work and do what he does," she said.

Kenny and Armagost worked out of the East District, and Armagost said Kenny never had any personnel or behavior issues. When asked about Kenny's relationship specifically with black community members, Armagost said he treated everyone the same.

"Matt doesn't see color, he doesn't see gender, he doesn't see sexual orientation, he just sees human beings," she said.

UPDATED: Saturday, March 14, 2015 -- 9:28 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- Hundreds gathered at Madison East High School for visitation and funeral services for Tony Robinson on Saturday.

Family and friends approached the podium to share their memories of the 19-year-old who was killed during an officer-involved shooting last weekend.

Turin Carter, Tony Robinson's Uncle:
"That's who I remember Terrell as," Robinson's uncle, Turin Carter, said. "Somebody, somebody who wants to help, and wants to help people achieve what they want."

Speakers at the funeral also shared their feelings through words and emotions. Friends said there were a lot of tears at the podium.

"That was heartfelt, and it was touching," Johnnie Robinson, Tony Robinson's cousin, said. "I think everybody spoke well, they spoke highly of him. He was a good person, and we should take that and use it as strength."

The family requested that the services be peaceful. There were no protests during the visitation or the funeral.

"The funeral was beautiful," Robinson said. "Actually everybody came out to show support. It didn't matter what color they were. We had an array of colors."


UPDATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015 --- 4:18 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds are expected to attend the funeral for an unarmed 19-year-old who was killed last weekend by a Madison police officer.

Tony Robinson, who is biracial, died March 6 after what police say was a confrontation in which he assaulted the white officer. A preliminary autopsy showed Robinson was shot in his head, torso and right arm.

Saturday's visitation and funeral will be held in a high school field house to accommodate a large crowd.

Robinson's death sparked several large protests in Wisconsin's capital city in the past week. An open letter signed by nearly 90 clergy members on Friday said Robinson's death exposed longstanding racial inequalities in Madison.

A state agency is investigating under a Wisconsin law that requires an outside agency to look into fatal police shootings.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2015 --- 6:24 p.m.

The funeral for Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. will be held on Saturday.

"We want everybody who has been touched by Tony to be there. That is absolutely a necessity for us," said Turin Carter, Robinson's uncle.

The service is open to the public.

"We want to leave the protests at the door. As you enter East High School, we just want it to be about Terrell," said Carter.

Robinson's family expressed how they're positively overwhelmed with public support.

"I can't describe to you how amazing we felt at the rally near Darbo [Drive] when everyone was marching down East Washington. I didn't feel that I could feel a semblance of happiness so soon, but just the energy and the positivity and the love that surrounded that area really filled, like I said, not the void, but helped to, and it began the healing process," said Carter.

The family says the more people that come to support Tony at the funeral will help them grieve. While they appreciate the peaceful protests for their nephew and son, they say the funeral service is not a rally or a protest. They ask all signs and chants are left at home.

"We want everyone to know that Terrell's service is about the celebration and the remembrance of his life... not about issues that it raises," said Carter.

The family also discourages anyone without a peaceful message from coming to the funeral service.

"I want people to continue to be as peaceful as they can. I appreciate that, and I need that. I can't have a day where I'm trying to say goodbye to my son turn into something full of violence and hate, and turn into a remembrance of the way he was taken from me," said Andrea Irwin, Tony Robinson's mother.

Parking is also limited. The family asks people to carpool. Locations with extra parking are listed above.

UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2015 --- 12:05 p.m.

Madison, Wis. -- Preliminary autopsy results have been released by the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office.

They show that Tony Robinson died from firearm-related trauma. The report says the death is the result of "firearm-related trauma to the head, torso and right upper extremity."

Additional studies, including toxicology studies are underway. The results from these tests are not expected for several weeks.

This death remains under investigation by the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, the City of Madison Police Department and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Also on Friday, 43 Dane County Supervisors, City of Madison Alders, and Madison Municipal School District board members have jointly signed and issued the following statement on the death of Tony Robinson:

To the residents of our community:
The death of Tony Robinson is a horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tony Robinson’s family and friends. We are sorry that we have lost the life of an African American teenager in our community.

Black lives matter. Our history, both nationally and locally, with respect to our African American community is unacceptable. Many of the incidents, shootings, and deaths that we see reported on the news find their root cause in the intolerable disparity present in our community. That disparity and its attendant injustice may have arisen from our history, but we allow it to continue.

This past weekend in Selma, President Barack Obama said "[Our national creed is] the idea held by generations of citizens who believed that America is a constant work in progress; who believed that loving this country requires more than singing its praises or avoiding
uncomfortable truths. It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what is right, to shake up the status quo. That's America." We thank those community leaders and citizens who enacted those words before they were spoken. It is time we all joined them.

We must do better. We are here to ask each of our constituents to accept along with us the challenge of ending the shameful racial disparities in our community. Every one of us must be a part of the solution. Black lives have to matter to each and every one of us. We must be the City and County where a Black youth, a Latino youth, an Asian youth, a Native American youth, a White youth, where any young man or woman feels that this is a community they belong to, a community full of opportunities. A community where their dreams can happen, not end.


UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 2015 --- 10:47 p.m.

New details may shed light on some of the incidents that happened shortly before Tony Robinson was shot by police Friday night.

A 911 caller said he was punched by a man, who he believes was Robinson, while he was walking on Williamson Street around 6:30 Friday. The man, who did not want his name used out of fear of retaliation, was headed to dinner with a friend, when they noticed a man walking in their direction.

"He just walked towards me and he seems to be very aggressive," he said.

A few moments later, he was punched by the man he believes was Robinson. He said after seeing Robinson's photo, he recognized him as the man who hit him.

"I'm like one or two meters away from him and he lifts his right arm and points at me and he said something about 'punch.' I hear that... and then I realize it's too late. I stepped back but it's just too late," he said.

He didn't lose consciousness or fall to the ground, but he said he lost his balance. At that point, he called 911.

He said he still hasn't made sense of why the man attacked him.

"I have never run into such kind of situation before, because he's not demanding, he's not asking for money or cash. If it's that case, I'm going to give him like all the cash that's in my pocket and then he's going to walk away. But he's not asking for anything. He just wants to find someone to fight," he said.

In addition to the 911 call, police also received reports of a man walking in traffic. An officer, Matt Kenny, followed the suspect to a home. Police say Kenny was attacked by the suspect, later identified as Robinson, and then fired his gun. Kenny performed CPR on Robinson, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Robinson's family has maintained this week that he was not a violent man.


UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 2015---2:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's attorney general says a report on the shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old man by a Madison police officer should be sent to a prosecutor in about two weeks.

Attorney General Brad Schimel is updating the investigation into the death of Tony Robinson. Robinson, a biracial man, was shot and killed by a white officer Friday night after police said Robinson assaulted the officer.

Schimel is encouraging the public to be patient before judging what happened. He says he appreciates that Robinson's family has urged that protests be peaceful.

David Matthews, head of the state agency leading the investigation, said agents have done at least 60 interviews and filed more than 100 reports. He said they're looking at everything Robinson, Officer Matt Kenny and witnesses were doing that day.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 2015 --- 1:39 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.--- Attorney General Brad Schimel will speak at a news conference Thursday at 2:30 p.m. regarding the investigation into the Madison Police officer-involved death.

Schimel will discuss the process and progress of the investigation.

NBC15 will live stream the news conference on NBC15.com at 2:30 p.m. Go to NBC15.com and click on the "Livestream" tab to watch.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 --- 9:45 p.m.

Approximately 1,000 people marched to the Governor's Mansion to protest the death of Tony Robinson. The group, made up primarily of students, started at Worthington Park, and shut down several roads on the 2.5 mile walk to Governor Walker's home in Maple Bluff.

At the beginning of the rally, Robinson's mom, Andrea Irwin, spoke to the group to thank them for their support and request peaceful protests.

"All of you have been peaceful and I appreciate that. My son was never a violent man. I don't want violence done in his name. I don't want anger. I want to be able to make a change," Irwin said.

At one point, the group gathered outside the Department of Corrections and then walked into a Burger King on East Washington Ave. They were protesting economic injustice and police violence.

"We want justice for Tony Robinson. We want justice for all the unarmed black men that have been killed by policemen across the country," said Mike Wilder, chair of the African American Roundtable.

The Division of Criminal Investigation is handling Robinson's case and will determine whether Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny's actions were justified. When asked why protestors don't wait until the report is released to rally, Wilder said they want to make a statement before the report is complete.

"We're hopeful the investigation is going to come out fair, but we've seen so many investigations across the country where that's not the case, so these people are standing up against something that's been going on around the country," Wilder said.

A handful of Robinson's friends spoke outside the Governor's home. The family of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Milwaukee, also attended today's rally.

Robinson's funeral will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at East High School.

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 --- 4:11 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.--- The mother of 19-year-old Tony Robinson spoke at a rally Wednesday and asked for continued peaceful protests.

She announced that Tony's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Madison East High School.
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 --- 1:24 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says he's cautious about giving police body cameras and isn't saying what sort of impact on the investigation into a white officer killing a biracial man they might have had.

Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday during a confrontation in an apartment. Kenny wasn't wearing a body camera. Soglin refused to speculate Tuesday on what a body camera would mean to the investigation during a news conference.

He said the city plans to complete a study on the cost and implications of body cameras by this fall. He said he's cautious about using them because immigrants and battered women may decide not to call police out of fear of being recorded.

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UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2015 --- 11:02 p.m.

The family of Tony Robinson spoke publicly during a press conference Monday outside the home where Robinson was shot by a police officer Friday night.

Robinson’s uncle, Turin Carter, spoke on behalf of the family. Robinson’s parents, Andrea Irwin and Tony Robinson Sr., were also present but did not speak.

“My hands are stained with the blood of my nephew and we are all dealing with the aftermath… he belongs to everyone. He is now a champion of progress,” Carter said.

Dozens of news crews and community members gathered around Robinson’s family members, who said their focus is beyond what happened to Tony and now means getting justice for everyone "who fell through the cracks of the justice system.”

Throughout recent protests and gatherings, some individuals have expressed anti-police messages. Carter said these are not the sentiments of Robinson’s family members.

“I want to make this clear. Law enforcement is necessary, and in most cases, their efforts are very heroic and we don’t doubt that at all,” Carter said.

Nonetheless, Carter said nothing excuses what happened Friday night. He described his nephew as a good kid, who wanted to be loved by others.

According to court documents, Robinson was convicted in October for armed robbery. Carter didn’t mention the conviction directly, but said he didn’t want Robinson judged by his past because he was trying to “better himself."

“We don’t think Tony’s a saint. We paint him as a human being, a 19-year-old who made a terrible mistake at one point,” Carter said.

The family asked for privacy as they begin to grieve Robinson’s loss. At this time, details about funeral arrangements are still being discussed.


UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2015 --- 2:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Department of Justice officials say agents around the state are probing how and why a white Madison police officer killed an unarmed black man.

Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a lengthy statement Monday saying the agency is working as fast as it can to complete the investigation. He says teams of agents from around the state are working the case. He also says the agency is providing the family with as much information as possible but hasn't released details publicly out of concerns it could taint witness accounts.

Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday during a confrontation in an apartment house. DOJ is leading the investigation as per a state law that requires outside agencies to probe officer-involved shootings.

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Posted Monday, March 9, 2015---1:29 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says he is supporting protesters who are grieving the shooting of an unarmed black man, but has no advice on how they should conduct themselves.

Soglin says he trusts the people of Madison to do the right thing.

Tony Robinson, 19, was fatally shot Friday night by a police officer who forced his way into an apartment after hearing a disturbance while responding to a call. Police say Robinson had attacked the officer.

Soglin acknowledged some similarities with the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. But he said Madison's problems won't be solved by comparing the two situations. And he made a point of not naming Ferguson in his responses, instead referring to it as the city that starts with an "F."

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UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2015 --- 12:09 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has taken to his blog to express his sorrow over the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old man.

Tony Robinson, who is black, was shot by an officer Friday night. Police say the officer was responding to a call of a man jumping in and out of traffic and a reported battery, and that he was assaulted by Robinson when he forced his way into Robinson's home.

In a post Monday on his official blog, Koval says his principle in police work has always been that "the police are the public and the public are the police."

Koval says he hopes Robinson's family and friends can someday forgive the shooting. He says his police department anxiously awaits the results of an outside investigation.

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UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2015 --- 11:33 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- In response to the death of Tony Robinson, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi issued the following statement:

“My prayers are with Tony Robinson’s family. As we mourn the loss of a young man’s life and recognize the inequities that exist within our community and our nation- disparities in employment, education, and the criminal justice system, we must vigorously focus our efforts to insure that every resident of our community has access to all our community has to offer- the opportunity to succeed.

“Every member of our community has a role to play in the solution, and as we move forward, we must do so with renewed vigor on behalf of all young people in our community who want and deserve a fair chance to succeed and thrive.”
UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2015 --- 10:41 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Court documents indicate the unarmed black man who died at the hands of a white Wisconsin police officer suffered from attention deficit disorder and anxiety.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday. Kenny was responding to a call that Robinson had been jumping in and out of traffic and had been responsible for a battery. The officer forced his way into an apartment where Robinson had gone and shot him during a confrontation.

Robinson pleaded guilty in an armed robbery last year. Documents in that case show Robinson suffered from ADHD, anxiety and depression. The documents said he tended to be anti-social and impulsive and was a risk-taker.

A phone call to Robinson's mother and grandmother's home seeking comment on the documents rang unanswered Monday.

Copyright: Associated Press 2015
UPDATED: Monday, March 9, 2015 --- 10:18 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is commenting on the weekend slaying of a 19-year-old man in Madison by a police officer.

Through his spokeswoman, Laurel Patrick, Walker said his "thoughts and prayers are with all those involved."

Walker, a likely presidential candidate, noted that "an overwhelming majority of police officers follow procedures and do a good job of protecting and serving the public."

Tony Robinson died Friday after he was shot by Officer Matt Kenny at an apartment. The death of the unarmed black teen sparked demonstrations in Madison and drew comparisons to recent high-profile killings of black men by police across the country.

Copyright: Associated Press 2015
UPDATE: Sunday, March 8, 2015 --- 11:22 p.m.

Hundreds gathered for a vigil Sunday night on Williamson Street outside the home where Tony Robinson was shot by a police officer Friday night.

Loved ones shared memories of Robinson, while community members shared visions about how to move forward.

"I just want everyone to know, Tony was one of the best people I knew," said Jack Spaulding, a friend of Robinson's.

The vigil lasted for about an hour and a half and remained peaceful, though emotions were strong.

"I still can't put it into words how I feel. It just hurts to know the city I grew up in, the city that protected me, gunned down one of my best friends," Spaulding said.

After the vigil, some continued to march in the neighborhood carrying a "Black Lives Matter" banner.

"I just want him to look over everybody and protect us. And we can't let this happen again. We need to stop the killing of black teenagers," said Robinson's friend Shelby Ring.

UPDATE: Saturday, March 7, 2015 -- 1:18 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- The Department of Justice says they will conduct a thorough investigation in regards to the officer-involved shooting that killed a 19-year-old.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said the following in a written statement:

"I offer my sympathy to the family of the young man who lost his life As a parent, I can only imagine the heartbreak they must be feeling right now in the wake of this tragedy.

Likewise, I am concerned for the officer involved in this incident, who I imagine is experiencing great trauma, as well.

They are all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation will conduct a thorough, professional and transparent investigation into this incident. DCI agents have been on the scene gathering information since we were notified early last evening. Any person who witnessed events or may have images or video that could support this investigation is encouraged to call DCI at 608-266-1671.

To preserve the integrity of our investigation, it is our practice not to share details while that investigation is in process. DOJ will produce a report for release to the public upon its completion. We are resolved that the result of that investigation will be one in which the public can have confidence."


UPDATED: Saturday, March 7, 2015 --- 4:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- The 19-year-old who was killed during an officer-involved shooting has been identified as Anthony Robinson.

Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, confirmed the teenager's identity.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1BcH5W5) that Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said police were called because Robinson was jumping into traffic. He says the officer went to an apartment where Robinson had gone, then went inside after hearing a disturbance. Koval says the officer shot Robinson after he assaulted the officer.

Michael Johnson says he met with the victim's family and Police Chief Koval earlier this morning. Koval reportedly apologized to the family for their loss and listened to their concerns.

Robinson's family went to the protesting site last night outside the City-County building, asking organizers for a peaceful protest.

The State Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is taking over the investigation.

UPDATED: Friday, March 6, 2015 --- 10:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- The Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says officers responded to Williamson St. Friday evening to reports of a man walking in traffic and hitting pedestrians. An officer followed the suspect to a residence.

Chief Koval says the officer went into the residence and was attacked by the suspect. During the fight the officer pulled his gun and shot the suspect.

The officer performed CPR on the suspect, who was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Protesters took to the streets near the scene claiming the shooting was unjustified.

Friday, March 6, 2015 --- 9:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- Part of Williamson St. in Madison is closed following a shooting Friday night.

State Rep. Chris Taylor says she witnessed the shooting involving a police officer.

Rep. Taylor says Madison police are awaiting Division of Criminal Investigation to arrive at the shooting scene.

Williamson is blocked between Few and Ingersoll streets.

NBC 15 News has crews on the scene and will update this story when we get more information.