In what is becoming an American tradition, another unarmed black man can be added to the long list of casualties via the police’s war against Black America.
On Friday, over a 150 protesters emerged after a 19-year-old unarmed teenager was fatally shot and killed in an altercation with Madison police. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said that an officer responded to a disturbance call at 6:30 p.m. and forced his way into an apartment where he was allegedly assaulted by Anthony Robinson, The NY Daily News reported.
Robinson, who was also suspected for a recent battery, struggled with the local officer, and was shot in the middle of the complication. According to Raw Story, a recording of the news conference was published and Chief Koval explained:
The initial finding at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject.
After the officer decides to shoot the teen, he then immediately performs CPR on Robinson, along with assistance from backup officers. Robinson was taken to the hospital, where he died from severe gunshot wounds.
Outraged by the scrutiny of police violence against young minorities, protesters approached the scene holding up signs and chanting slogans such as: “Who can you trust? Not the police,” in front of Madison officers. Many videos posted on Twitter show the demonstrators actually moving the protest to inside the Madison City County. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin told the Wisconsin State Journal that there will be an ongoing investigation of the incident. “It’s a tragedy beyond description,” Soglin announced. “I expect there will be a lot of anger and frustrations.”
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The NY Daily News reported that the protesters even invoked the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which initially started after the deaths of two unarmed black males, Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson.
To make matters worse, Robinson’s family could not receive access to his body in the hospital because it was considered “evidence.” “He wasn’t referred to as ‘his son’ or ‘your son,’ just ‘evidence,” Robinson’s aunt, Lorien Carter told NY Daily News. Friends and relatives of Anthony “Tony” Robinson said that he was a very happy person, and according to his aunt, “he wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
The protesters were so demanding that officials actually shut down the entire block of Williamson Street.
Anthony Robinson has been the 3rd person shot by Madison police since April 2014.
Another act of racial injustice by the people who are suppose to serve and protect citizens. When will justice be served?