The shooting of an apparently unarmed black teenager by police in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday night prompted local protests and marks the latest incident of community members responding in anger following a perceived use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.
Though officials have not released the name of the man who was shot and killed, family and friends identified him as 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who graduated from a local high school in 2014.
Following news of the shooting, as this raw video footage shows, local residents gathered near the scene, and later police headquarters, as they shouted chants which include “Black lives matter!” and “No justice, no peace — prosecute the po-lice!”:
The shooting in Madison comes in the immediate wake of Department of Justice report this week—conducted in response to the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year—which charged the police department in the St. Louis suburb of engaging in a pattern of racially discriminatory practices against its predominantly black residents. As in Ferguson and elsewhere across the country, community members in Madison have said they often feel signaled out by local police and claim their is a pattern of racial profiling and aggressive behavior by police that has been ongoing.
“I’m angry,” said one local resident at the scene, “because we have been saying over and over that we would soon have a Ferguson on our hands, everyone keeps denying that we have a problem.”
Andrea Irwin, who told local WKOW-TV on Friday night she is Robinson’s mother, said, “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin told the Wisconsin State Journal that in response to Friday’s shooting there would be an out-of-area investigation as required by a newly passed state law.
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“It’s a tragedy beyond description,” Soglin told the Journal. “I expect there will be a lot of anger and frustrations.”
According to Reuters:
Speaking to those who knew the victim, the Wisconsin State Journal added: