Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced today that Madison police officer Matt Kenny will not be charged for shooting and killing unarmed biracial teenager Tony Robinson in March.

From CNN:

“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.,” he said.

“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.”

Robinson was killed on March 6, after police were called to a Madison apartment because of reports that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in and out of traffic. There was apparently some sort of confrontation between Kenny, who is white, and Robinson. Police allege Kenny suffered a concussion during a scuffle while Robinson’s friends claim the teen had taken hallucinogenic mushrooms earlier that day and was not an actual threat to the officer. Robinson also reportedly suffered from attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and depression.


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