Protests In Wisconsin After Unarmed Black Teen Killed By Police
What. The. F***.
Protests erupted in Madison, Wis. Friday night after a black teenager was shot and killed in an altercation with police, authorities said.
The Madison police officer was allegedly assaulted after forcing his way into an apartment where there were reports of a suspect causing a “disturbance,” The Daily Cardinal reported.
“The officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject,” said Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, who did not identify the officer or the slain man. He said the responding officer was hit in the head, treated at the hospital and released.
Friends and family said the victim was 19-year-old Tony Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Sun Prairie High School, in a suburb about 13 miles northeast of Madison.
“You’re not protecting us, you’re killing us!” Robinson’s grandmother, Sharon Irwin, shouted at police as protesters rallied in the streets into early Saturday morning.
Police reportedly confronted Robinson, who was connected to a previous report of battery.
After an officer shot Robinson, he performed CPR on the teen, Koval said.
Robinson later died at an area hospital.
It’s unclear if Robinson had a weapon when he was shot, but initial reports indicated he was unarmed.
Protesters began filling the streets near the scene after the incident, claiming the shooting was unjustified. The demonstrators were quick to invoke the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which started after the police-involved deaths of two unarmed black men last year: Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
R.I.P. Tony Robinson, our prayers and sympathies go out to his family and friends.
On the 50th anniversary of Selma no less…SMFH
Images via Facebook