Related: South Carolina Execution Staged Agit Prop?
One really has to wonder.....
"Black man killed by officer in Wisconsin was unarmed" Associated Press March 08, 2015
MADISON, Wis. — The 19-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a veteran white officer was unarmed, Madison’s police chief said Saturday.
Tony Robinson was shot Friday night after an altercation in which Officer Matt Kenny, 45, was knocked down by a blow to the head, Chief Mike Koval said.
He added that it wasn’t clear whether Robinson, who died at a hospital, was alone in the apartment where the shooting happened, which neighbors said was where Robinson lived.
‘‘He was unarmed. That’s going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept,’’ Koval said.
Kenny has more than 12 years of experience and was involved in a 2007 shooting but was cleared of any wrongdoing because it was a ‘‘suicide by cop-type’’ situation.
Several dozen protesters gathered outside the Dane County Public Safety Building on Saturday before starting to walk toward the scene of the shooting.
Protesters also shouted the slogan Friday night after the shooting.
"Wisconsin chief tries to ease tensions after fatal shooting" by Todd Richmond, Associated Press March 09, 2015
MADISON, Wis. — Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin’s capital city was praying with the man’s grandmother, hoping to strike a conciliatory tone and avoid the riots that last year rocked Ferguson, Missouri.
Chief Mike Koval said he knows Madison is being watched across the nation since 19-year-old Tony Robinson’s death Friday evening, and he has gone out of his way to avoid what he once called Ferguson’s ‘‘missteps.’’
See: Missouri Mischief
So when are elections in Wisconsin?
‘‘Folks are angry, resentful, mistrustful, disappointed, shocked, chagrined. I get that,’’ Koval said Saturday. ‘‘People need to tell me squarely how upset they are with the Madison Police Department.’’
The contrasts with Ferguson are many.
While Ferguson police initially gave little information about the shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old, unarmed black man, Koval rushed to the home of Robinson’s mother. She didn’t want to meet with him, he said, but he talked and prayed with Robinson’s grandmother in the driveway for 45 minutes.
It took a week for Ferguson to release the name of the officer who shot Brown. Koval announced the name of the officer involved in Madison, Matt Kenny, the day after the shooting. He volunteered to reporters that the officer had been in a previous fatal shooting in 2007, and that he had been cleared of wrongdoing.
On the day that Ferguson police named the officer who shot Brown, they also released video showing what they said was Brown robbing a store. When Koval was asked about Robinson’s past criminal record Saturday, he declined to comment, saying it would be inappropriate to do so a day after the man died.
‘‘We have a police chief who genuinely feels for a family’s loss. It should be abundantly clear to anyone following this incident that Madison, Wisconsin, is not Ferguson, Missouri,’’ said Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the state’s largest police union.
But the chief’s measured approach hasn’t impressed some demonstrators. Koval angered some of them earlier this year with a blog post demanding they stop blaming police for their problems.
Well, you know us bloggers.
‘‘There are no apologies that can repair the loss or deal with the loss of (Robinson),’’ said Brandi Grayson, an organizer with Young, Gifted and Black, a Madison group that has demonstrated against what it says is mistreatment of blacks by the justice system. ‘‘This was bound to happen. There’s nothing the chief can say short of changing the system.’’
No one answered the door at Robinson’s mother’s home on Sunday. A reporter left a note in the door asking her to contact The Associated Press but she had not done so as of late Sunday afternoon.
Robinson died Friday night after Kenny shot him in an apartment during a confrontation. Kenny had responded to a call of a man jumping in and out of traffic. Kenny forced his way into the apartment after hearing what Koval described as a ‘‘disturbance.’’
The state Justice Department’s Division of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation under a new state law passed last year that requires an outside agency to lead probes of officer-involved shootings. DOJ spokeswoman Anne Schwartz declined to comment on Sunday.
The shooting comes against a backdrop of multiple instances of white police officers killing unarmed black men around the country over the last year. The highest-profile incident was the death of Brown in Ferguson last August.
Yeah, all of sudden the media and authorities starting to take notice, the good souls that they are.
Days of violence ensued, marked by looting, fires, police firing tear gas into a crowd and officers pointing weapons at demonstrators. Another round of riots broke out in November after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson.
That is where the print copy ended.
Last week the U.S. Justice Department declined to charge Wilson with civil rights violations but issued a scathing report accusing the Ferguson police department of racism and using policing to fund the city’s budget.
We are all being abused on that last one.
Koval, who is white, took over as Madison’s chief in April, replacing retiring black Chief Noble Wray.
Maybe that was a mistake.
In September he told the Wisconsin State Journal he believed his department could deal with a racially charged shooting better than Ferguson, saying his agency is more diverse and more invested in the community than Ferguson’s ‘‘rent-a-cops.’’
‘‘I see in Ferguson a series of missteps and miscues where they’re always reacting and, in fact, over-reacting to every set of facts that is thrown in their midst, frankly,’’ Koval said in the interview.
Why take a shot at them?
Two months ago, Koval wrote a blog post criticizing Young, Black and Gifted for blaming his officers for ‘‘everything from male pattern baldness to global warming.’’ The entry came in response to the group staging protests over officer-involved deaths during rush-hour traffic, demanding jail officials release 350 black inmates and imploring police to stay out of black neighborhoods.
So the instigating agitators were already at work before this incident, huh?
Just wonder if FBI Al wasn't out front. Has he been kept under wraps because he was outed, or is he too busy with his TV show?
Koval tried to be diplomatic when asked about the post on Saturday, saying he and the group have agreed to disagree on policing black neighborhoods.
Grayson said Koval has had plenty of time to prepare for a racially charged shooting after watching what unfolded in Ferguson.
‘‘He had a perfect response — perfect for white people,’’ she said.
Yeah, somehow when the cops blow away a white guy it's not as big a deal.
How about this confusion and chaos?
"Appeals judge to oversee Ferguson court reforms" by Eli Yokley and John Eligon, New York Times March 10, 2015
"Court documents: Wisconsin shooting victim was impulsive" by TODD RICHMOND Associated Press, March 9, 2015
My printed byline says David Lieb and the articles are different.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An unarmed biracial man fatally shot by a white police officer tended to be an impulsive risk-taker and faced a choice between a middle-class lifestyle and the gang world, according to court documents.
Is that really a choice?
The file connected to 19-year-old Tony Robinson’s conviction last year for armed robbery shows he was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder and anxiety and depression. The documents were contained in a report by a state Department of Corrections agent.
Uh-oh! What prescription pharmaceutical poison was he on that made him act out?
Madison police officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on Friday evening while investigating a call that the young man was jumping in and out of traffic and had assaulted someone. The officer heard a disturbance and forced his way into an apartment where Robinson had gone. Authorities said Kenny fired after Robinson assaulted him.
The shooting is the latest in a series of police-involved shootings to spark racially tinged demonstrations, including in Ferguson, Missouri, where officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. That shooting sparked weeks of unrest.
The Associated Press had described Robinson as black based on police descriptions of him as African-American. But at a news conference Monday, family members repeatedly emphasized that he embraced a biracial identity from having a white mother and black father.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has tried to strike a conciliatory tone with the city’s black community, calling Robinson’s death a tragedy and even going so far as praying with Robinson’s grandmother in her driveway hours after the shooting.
On Monday, he wrote on his blog that he was sorry Robinson died and hoped his family could find forgiveness in their hearts. “The police are part of this community — and we share this sense of loss,” Koval wrote.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain clarified in an email that Koval was not acknowledging any wrongdoing by Kenny or the department.
The state Justice Department’s Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into the shooting because of a new state law that requires outside agencies to investigate officer-involved shootings. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to an email Monday seeking an update. A final report is probably weeks or months away.
Preliminary autopsy results were not expected until midweek at the earliest.
About 1,500 protesters held a demonstration Monday in front of the state Capitol, chanting Robinson’s name, “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot.” Many of the protesters were high school students who skipped class to join the rally.
“I think the fact he was black did lead to an unfair shooting,” said 19-year-old Sedgwick Smith, a student at Madison Area Technical College. “If he would have been white, he wouldn’t have been shot. Period.”
The crowd moved into the Capitol, filling the rotunda. They chanted for about 40 minutes before heading back outside without incident.
According to a criminal complaint in the armed robbery, Robinson was among a group of five people who staged a home-invasion robbery in Madison in April 2014 looking for marijuana and money.
Police captured Robinson as he fled the apartment. He told investigators he carried a BB-gun pistol with him during the robbery and stole a TV and an Xbox 360 from the apartment. Judge Josann Reynolds sentenced him to three years’ probation in December.
The robbery case file includes a letter from Robinson’s grandmother, Sharon Irwin, to the judge. In it, she asks for her grandson to be sentenced to probation, saying he was just following his co-defendants’ lead.
That is where the print copy ended.
Family members refused Monday to answer a question about Robinson’s diagnoses. At a news conference, Turin Carter, Robinson’s uncle, said Robinson wasn’t perfect but should not be judged for mistakes.
“We don’t think Terrell’s a saint,” Carter said, using Robinson’s middle name. “He was a kid. He was a 19-year-old, and he did some bad things. But we all did when we were 19.”
Yeah, I suppose, but....
Carter also said Robinson’s family believes the investigation will be fair, and he asked that people respect the police in their protests.
Robinson “is a great kid in between being a teen and a man,” she wrote. “That is one of his issues. Impulsive. The other is being a follower.”
His aunt, Loren Carter, wrote a note to the judge asking for mercy in sentencing. She said Robinson grew up poor without his father but was kind-hearted and intelligent.
They are all great kids, except those that deserved to die. Cops did us all a favor there.
Robinson’s defense attorney, Michael J. Short, wrote to the judge that Robinson had taken special-education classes and had never been in trouble with the law before.
“He was an easy choice for the seasoned co-defendants to manipulate into participation,” Short wrote. “He did not give any orders but just followed the instructions meted out by the other defendants.”
He was like one of the FBI's set-up patsies then?
Keith Wessel, a Madison family law attorney who said he was married to Robinson’s grandmother for a time, wrote to Short in September and told him that he raised two of Robinson’s uncles and knew Robinson from birth.
Wessel wrote that some branches of Robinson’s family exposed him to a “chaotic environment.” He did not elaborate but said Robinson faced a choice between a middle-class life and the “gangsta” path. He warned if Robinson went to prison on a felony charge he would continue toward the gangster world.
He said Monday he was shocked at the shooting. He said Robinson stood 6-foot-5 but was a “teddy bear.”
I didn't realize the guy was so intimidating.
“I can’t imagine Tony is going to fight a cop breaking into his house,” Wessel said. “I just don’t see that as likely ... I really think we need to examine our police policies.”
"Wis. teen was shot in head, torso" Associated Press March 14, 2015
MADISON, Wis. — A 19-year-old biracial man who was unarmed when killed by a white Madison police officer was shot in his head, right arm, and torso, according to preliminary autopsy reports released Friday.
The reports from the Dane County medical examiner don’t say how many times Tony Robinson was shot March 6, or whether he was shot while facing or turned away from the officer, but they said he died from gun wounds.
Robinson was fatally shot by police officer Matt Kenny after the officer was summoned to a call that the young man was jumping in and out of traffic and had assaulted someone. Authorities said the officer heard a disturbance and forced his way into an apartment where Robinson had gone, and fired after Robinson assaulted him.
There have been numerous peaceful protests since the shooting, which is being investigated by the state Department of Justice.
Any other killings in Wisconsin?
"Wis. girls may be tried as adults in attack" Associated Press March 14, 2015
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the horror character Slender Man were ordered Friday to stand trial as adults for attempted homicide.
But Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren agreed to hold a hearing on whether the case should be returned to juvenile court.
Both girls face a count of being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide, which automatically places them in adult court under Wisconsin law.
Both suspects and the victim, Payton Leutner, were 12 at the time of the incident.
Bohren made his decision on whether to go to trial after weighing testimony from the girls’ preliminary hearing.
Both girls’ attorneys had argued that Bohren should dismiss the charges. The girls believed they had to kill their friend to protect their families from Slender Man, they said.
Prosecutors allege the girls had plotted for months to kill their friend, stabbed her 19 times last May, and then fled.
Nothing silly about that.
Related: "Ashlee A. Martinson, a 17-year-old Wisconsin girl, killed her mother and stepfather and locked her three younger siblings in a room with some food before fleeing to Indiana with 22-year-old Ryan Sisco, sheriff’s deputies said."
"A federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement are outweighed by restricting women’s access to abortion. US District Judge William Conley, who earlier had put the law on hold, ruled Friday that the 2013 law is unconstitutional. He issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement (AP)."
"Wis. man accused of trying to join jihad" by Dana Ferguson, Associated Press April 10, 2015
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man accused of traveling to Turkey as part of a bid to join the Islamic State in Syria was ordered held without bond Thursday on accusations of trying to aid a terrorist group.
Joshua Van Haften, 34, made his first court appearance a day after being arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. During the brief hearing in federal court in Madison, Van Haften did not contest his detention.
A newly unsealed criminal complaint charges Van Haften with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The complaint, which had been under seal since Oct. 28, alleges that Van Haften talked to people about his plan before leaving the United States in August for Istanbul.
But it says he was unable to cross the border into Syria.
The complaint says Van Haften’s former roommate told FBI officers that he made comments referring to jihad. When asked to explain what he meant, the complaint says, Van Haften folded a $100 bill to make it look like one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed in the Sept. 11 attack. The complaint says Van Haften folded another $100 bill to look like a missile.
I was told it was a $20, and what a mind f*** this is, huh?
Related: Man accused of planning suicide attack at Kansas military base
Also see: The Painfully Stupid Topeka “ISIS” Suicide Bomb Plot: Bull Crap Like a 7
What you learn over time is ALL THESE PLOTS are FRAME JOBS by FBI INSTIGATORS if not outright fictions created from whole cloth!
In one post, Van Haften complained that the people who were supposed to help him just wanted his money, that he had almost no cash left, and that he was dropped off on a road in the country and never picked up, the complaint says.
Oh, he had a blog, too?
If he was into jihad wouldn't he have accepted those conditions as the price required by God?
These cover stories are nothing but laughable crapola, folks.
So which government agency was Van Haften working for?
Related: Army now calls Fort Hood victims casualties of war
Also see: Another Fort Hood Fraud?
Wis. jury weighs gun dealers’ role in officers’ shooting
It was a classic straw purchase, but the case is unusual
Gun shop ordered to pay millions to injured police officers
AmeriKa has gone fa$ci$t in every way, shape, and form.
Where are the millions for the victims of police brutality and the families left behind?