Today (March 12) a Wisconsin district attorney has decided not to charge the officer who shot and killed an unarmed bi-racial man in March.
Tony Robinson, 19, was fatally shot by officer Matt Kenny on March 6th for allegedly jumping in front of cars and assaulting people. The officer reportedly confronted Robinson at a Madison, Wisconsin home, which led to a struggle, and then Robinson’s death.
CNN reports that before announcing his highly-anticipated decision, Dane County District Attorney, Ismel Ozanna, detailed the evidence based on the investigation, and then concluded Kenny is innocent.
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. am concerned that recent violence around our nation is giving some in our communities a justification for fear, hatred and violence.
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.’
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.
The family’s attorney says that they are still left with many unanswered questions about the case. The family’s investigation into the case is ongoing.