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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 19-year-old black teen died Friday night after being shot by an officer in Madison, authorities said.

Tony Robinson was shot after an altercation with the officer and died at a hospital, Police Chief Mike Koval said. He did not know whether the man was armed, but said “initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject.”

The state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating this shooting as part of a 2014 Wisconsin law that requires police departments to have outside agencies probe officer-involved deaths.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that a crowd of people gathered at the scene Friday night and chanted “Black Lives Matter,” a slogan adopted by activists and protesters around the nation after recent officer-involved deaths of unarmed black men.

Andrea Irwin, who told WKOW-TV she was Robinson’s mother, said: “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”

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Koval said police were called about 6:30 p.m. Friday because the man was jumping into traffic. A second call to police said the man was “responsible for a battery,” Koval said.

The officer went to an apartment where he thought the man had gone, and forced his way inside after hearing a disturbance. Koval said the officer was assaulted by the 19-year-old and then fired at him. Koval said he believes there was more than one shot fired.

The shooting came days after the U.S. Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown, of federal civil rights charges in the death of the 18-year-old, who was black and unarmed. A second report found patterns of racial profiling, bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement and court practices in the St. Louis suburb.

Madison, about 80 miles west of Milwaukee, is the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus. About 7 percent of the city’s 243,000 residents are black.

Mayor Paul Soglin called it “a tragedy beyond description,” the newspaper reported. He also said Madison police won’t be able to provide many details about the shooting because of the outside investigation.

“I expect there will be a lot of anger and frustrations, particularly from friends,” Soglin said. “I hope as the pain eases that something constructive will come of this.”

Koval referenced recent officer-involved deaths across the nation, saying “it’s understandable that the reaction at the scene and of some of our citizens is extremely volatile, emotional and upsetting. … We would urge, obviously, that everyone exercise restraint, calm and allow the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to conduct their affairs.”

Sharon Irwin, who told the newspaper she was Robinson’s grandmother, urged protesters to be peaceful.

“I think you need to rise up but I don’t want violence,” she said.

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18 thoughts on “Black Teen Tony Robinson Shot Dead by Cop in Wisconsin

  1. MARK TRAINA on said:

    NAAWP has “ZERO TOLERANCE” for CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!

    UNACCEPTABLE CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS recently took place on the UNIVERSITY of OKLAHOMA CAMPUS!

    Wouldn’t it be NICE if we could get rid of everyone and everything that OFFENDS U.S.?

    QUESTION: Would it be NICE if someone got rid our U.S. because they didn’t AGREE with something we said, or something that we did?

    ANSWER: oooooOOH HELL NOOooooo!

    COMMUNISTS want U.S. to put DUCK TAPE over our MOUTHS and SHUT the HELL UP, but that’s not how things work in AMERICA – LAND of the FREE and HOME of the BRAVE!

    FREE SPEECH VIOLATION by the PRESIDENT of the UNIVERSITY of OKLAHOMA!

    FREE SPEECH LAW: http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    If not for “FREEDOM of SPEECH”, no one would ever know that there were RACISTS on the OU CAMPUS!

    If not for “FREEDOM of SPEECH”, there would have never been a CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT in the 1960’s, no CIVIL RIGHT MARCHES in
    FERGERSON, MISSOURI in 2014 and no CIVIL RIGHTS PROTESTS in MADISON, WISCONSIN last night!

    AMERICA’s FOUNDING FATHERS added the FIRST AMENDMENT to the CONSTITUTION because they knew that “SILENCE BREEDS CONTEMPT”!

    The NAAWP is currently in the process of establishing a CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT against the UNIVERSITY of OKLAHOMA and we are calling for the immediate RESIGNATION of the PRESIDENT of UO!

    PUBLIC NOTICE: If you feel like your CIVIL RIGHTS were VIOLATED by the UNIVERSITY of OKLAHOMA please call the NAAWP HOTLINE at (504) 231-3056? You may be ELIGIBLE to receive a SHARE of a ONE-BILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT! Our LEGAL ADVISORS will be awaiting your call.

  2. MARK TRAINA on said:

    TONY enjoyed PLAYIN in the MIDDLE of TRAFFIC, carrying a BB GUN and HANGIN OUT with THUG-LIFERS! He was obviously, a SPED KID!

    NAAWP – 2015

  3. chris on said:

    Andrea Irwin, who told WKOW-TV she was Robinson’s mother, said: “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”

    Yeah, a 19 year old on probation for armed robbery. Yeah, he was a peach.

  4. I don’t understand why he would jump into traffic..Is that true? So sad IDK what to say..too much going on in the world.Leave it in Jesus hands..thank you Lord you all things.

  5. Honestly on said:

    That’s why the cave n!@@er with a badge, shot in the head 4 times by another cave n!@@er in flagstaff Arizona was welcome news. The cave n!@@er with a badge that murdered this child is a lying racist neanderthal ape just like derren wilson and the ferguson police. These mayonnaise monkeys should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  6. Jackie Peavy on said:

    Young black men & women lives are constantly threatened in every inter action with law enforcement in every county city state in this union…that’s fact not fiction. Criminalize them prevent them from going forward at every opportunity period.

      • I’ll bet the person who got a gun jammed in their face because this thug wanted to rob them thought he was a piece of crap too, no matter what his race. Karma is definitely a bitch.

  7. Mac Ben on said:

    …he was shot “AFTER an altercation with the officer.” Teaching point: don’t get into altercation with scary cops. They have guns and will shoot you in the name of the law.

  8. I love white people but my sons can not marry a white girl. No sorry Don’t covet anything that is your neighbors. You cute I’m cute we’re cute but no.

  9. We're are the equal rights on said:

    This is being justified by the system designed to protect us, but in this society black lives matter it’s as if Selma is happening over again where whites have all the rights and they can commit crimes get shot in the arm or legs something to slow them down and apprehend but blacks just shoot to kill there thoughts are we will get away with it Selma all over again

  10. Mrknowitall on said:

    A black Philadelphia police officer was killed a day or two ago by black criminals. The killers entered saying this is a hold up. They didn’t see the cop inside buying a video game for his boy. A shootout took place along with his partner.
    Cop lives matter

    • this happen all the time, young black men are kill by police office all the time., the first person says cop lives matter yes , but they are the one that chose to be cops with gun . so cop cops kill

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