Funeral in Wisconsin for 19-year-old fatally shot by police
A 19-year-old biracial man fatally shot last weekend by a white police officer is being remembered in Madison, Wisconsin.
Hundreds of people packed a high school field house and spilled into a secondary gym today to mourn Tony Robinson.
He died March 6 after what Madison police said was a confrontation in which he assaulted the officer. A preliminary autopsy showed Robinson was shot in his head, torso and right arm. The autopsy did not say if he was facing or turned away from the officer, who was identified as a 45-year-old veteran of the force, Matt Kenny.
Under a new Wisconsin law that requires an outside agency to look into fatal police shootings, a state agency has stepped in to investigate.
Robinson’s death followed sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri after an unarmed black man was fatally shot there last August.
While protests have been peaceful in Madison, they have highlighted local concerns. Demonstrators have complained about unequal policing of poor, black neighborhoods.