Protesters marched throughout the streets of Madison, Wisconsin after the state prosecutor announced a white police officer wouldn’t be charged for shooting an unarmed black teenager.
Protesters are demanding charges against Madison Officer Matt Kenny for fatally shooting Tony Robinson Jr on March 6. Mr Kenny fired seven shots, several of which hit Robinson, including one in the head.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said his investigation had led him to decide to not charge the officer on Tuesday but Mr Robinson’s family still intends to sue the city of Madison.
“The things that have taken place since my son passed — the things that have been done to my family and to me — they have gone above and beyond to make sure they have kicked me when I’m down,” Andrea Irwin, Mr Robinson’s mother, told CNN. “They have done a smear campaign against my child and against me since this began.”
Protests followed the announcement and continued through Wednesday evening at the Dane County Courthouse, where demonstrators staged a street trial of the city’s police department.
Paul Soglin, Madison Mayor, said that police will not tolerate illegal acts such as the blocking traffic, looting or resisting arrest.
“The city of Madison will continue to provide the greatest latitude in allowing for political expression, but illegal acts which jeopardize public safety such as impeding ambulances, will not tolerated."