No Charges for Officer in Madison Shooting

No Charges for Officer in Madison ShootingNo Charges for Officer in Madison Shooting

The district attorney in Madison, Wis., said Tuesday that no charges would be filed against a police officer in the March shooting death of an unarmed biracial teen.

District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said his review of evidence led him to conclude that the police officer’s actions amounted to “lawful use of deadly police force.’’

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny fatally shot Tony Robinson, 19, after responding to a 911 call March 6, setting off a series of non-violent protests. The shooting came days after the US Justice Department issued a report accusing the police force in Ferguson, Mo., of a pattern of racial profiling and discrimination, USA Today reported.

At a news conference, Ozanne went into considerable detail outlining the facts in the case, saying 19-year-old Tony Robinson was behaving erratically and reportedly had taken drugs. He said Robinson had assaulted other people and the officer before Kenny fired.

The family of Robinson has hired its own investigator and planned a march to the state Capitol after Ozanne’s announcement.

“This is politics and not justice,’’ said Sharon Irwin, Robinson’s grandmother.

An attorney for the family, Jon Loevy, said the family was disappointed and challenged the officer’s account of events.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions about the shooting,’’ he said.