There may be another tempestuous storm brewing in the country surrounding the death of an unarmed teenager. Protests have already sprung up in Madison, Wisconsin after the teenager was shot by a police officer that had been called to a residence for the purpose of catechizing someone obstructing traffic. Mike Koval, the police chief in Madison, is urging protesters to stay reposeful until this matter is investigated further.
However, this is easier said than done, as the fervor of the last 6 months is still fresh on the minds of many. We can all recall the numerous protests encompassing the theme of "I can't breathe". The events that led to this particular shooting are leaving many baffled.
After the officer was called to the scene, a chase ensued that climaxed at an apartment building where the officer barged in after the teenager. According to Koval, a scuffle took place at this time between the officer and the teen. The officer then drew his gun and discharged fire, hitting "the subject". Protesters from the Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition began to rally in the street shortly after the shooting.
Koval had this to say, "In light of so (many) things that have happened not just around the country, but in our own community, it's understandable that the reaction at the scene and of some of our citizens is extremely volatile, emotional and upsetting. And we understand that". He went on to affirm, "We would urge, obviously, that everyone exercise restraint, and allow the Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct their affairs."
The victim was identified by his mother as 19-year old, Tony Robinson.