- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Investigators: Man killed by Wisconsin officer was on drugs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced that Madison police Officer Matt Kenny will not be charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr.

The state Department of Justice, which investigated the shooting, released its reports after Ozanne announced his decision Tuesday. Here’s a look at the last few hours of Robinson’s life, compiled from witness accounts detailed in the reports:

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- Robinson, who had been staying at an apartment with friends for a few days, smokes marijuana on the morning of March 6. He tells one friend that he wants to get high on hallucinogenic mushrooms and later buys 7 grams of mushrooms from an acquaintance.

- That evening, Robinson tells the girlfriend of one of the apartment tenants that he’s “freaking out” after taking mushrooms. He begins shouting expletives at his father, who wasn’t there. He grabs the crotch of one friend and tries to punch another person.

- Robinson chases a friend and his girlfriend outside. They drive off in the girl’s car, and Robinson goes after them, running in front of cars. His friend calls 911 at 6:28 p.m. and says Robinson is punching holes in the apartment walls and “going crazy.”

- At 6:31 p.m., a man calls police to say he was punched by Robinson while walking to a restaurant.

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Wisconsin’s capital faces test after shooting decision

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Some of the Madison Police Department’s toughest critics peacefully protested in the hours after a prosecutor said he wouldn’t charge a white officer who killed an unarmed biracial man. But the city faced another test Wednesday as activists called for a widespread walkout.

After recent riots in cities where white officers have killed black men - including Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore - Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s announcement Tuesday raised concerns that things could turn violent in Wisconsin’s capital city as well.

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, which called for the walkout, has staged multiple protests since Tony Robinson’s death on March 6. The group had demanded that Madison Officer Matt Kenny be fired and charged with homicide, but the rallies have been peaceful.

Ozanne, who is biracial but identifies himself as black, is Wisconsin’s first minority district attorney. He pointed out his racial heritage as he made the announcement, noting his black mother participated in the Freedom Summer, a black voter registration drive in Mississippi in 1964. He said he views Robinson’s death through that lens but made his decision based on the facts.

“I am concerned that recent violence around our nation is giving some in our community a justification for fear, hatred and violence,” Ozanne said as he wrapped up his announcement. “I am reminded that true and lasting change does not come from violence but from exercising our voices and our votes.”

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said at a press conference Tuesday evening he was “hoping for a different sort of outcome in our community in the days to come” than what other cities experienced.

“I’m confident those outcomes can be more constructive,” he said, according to the Madison State Journal.

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Latest on Madison police shooting: Mother: Fight not over

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 6:49 p.m.

The mother of an unarmed 19-year-old biracial Wisconsin man fatally shot by a white police officer is vowing to continue fighting to end injustice after a prosecutor said the officer would not be charged.

Tony Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, spoke to a crowd of supporters Tuesday outside Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.

Irwin said: “I am not going to be defeated. I am going to fight.”

Hundreds of protesters marched around Capitol Square chanting, “I believe that we will win,” before arriving at the church.

After Irwin spoke, a faith leader led the group in singing a civil rights-era song, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” before the group peacefully dispersed.

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Report: Man killed by Madison officer was high on mushrooms

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Tuesday that Madison police Officer Matt Kenny would not be charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr.

The state Department of Justice, which investigated the shooting, released its reports after Ozanne announced his decision. Here’s a look at the last few hours of Robinson’s life, compiled from witness accounts detailed in the reports:

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- Robinson, who had been staying at an apartment with friends for a few days, smokes marijuana on the morning of March 6. He tells one friend that he wants to get high on hallucinogenic mushrooms and later buys 7 grams of mushrooms from an acquaintance.

- That evening, Robinson tells the girlfriend of one of the apartment tenants that he’s “freaking out” after taking mushrooms. He begins shouting expletives at his father, who wasn’t there. He grabs the crotch of one friend and tries to punch another person.

- Robinson chases a friend and his girlfriend outside. They drive off in the girl’s car, and Robinson goes after them, running in front of cars. His friend calls 911 at 6:28 p.m. and says Robinson is punching holes in the apartment walls and “going crazy.”

- At 6:31 p.m., a man calls police to say he was punched by Robinson while walking to a restaurant.

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