May 12, 2015
The shooting transpired after Officer Kenny responded to reports that a man had battered a person and was dodging cars in traffic, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said to reporters in March. Koval stated that his officer followed the 19-year-old to an apartment, where he was struck in the head before discharging his firearm.
Officer Kenny attempted to perform CPR on Robinson, who was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the Madison Chief.
Robinson, who graduated from Sun Prairie High School less than a year ago, was unarmed.
Today, Officer Matthew Kenny was cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of Tony Robinson following a two month investigation. The findings from the investigation have been released and can be viewed here.
In 2007, Officer Kenny was involved in another on-duty shooting. Forty-eight-year-old Ronald Brandon was shot and killed by Kenny after pointing a firearm at law enforcement and refusing to drop the weapon. Investigators classified the killing as “suicide by cop” at the time and cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. The gun possessed by Brandon, which was said to resemble a 38-caliber handgun, turned out to be a pellet gun.
Back in March, 100 people took part in a peaceful protest in Madison over Robinson’s death. The crowd marched from police headquarters to the neighborhood where Robinson lost his life less than 24 hours before. Chants of “the whole damn system is guilty as hell” echoed throughout the state’s capital as protesters harmoniously voiced their frustrations.
Officer Matthew Kenny is a veteran officer with over 12 years experience. Prior to law enforcement, he served in the US Coast Guard for nine years. He is currently a member of the Madison Police Department Mounted Patrol.
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