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Background On Anthony “Tony” Robinson Adds To Community Discussion

March 8, 2015

There is no way not to feel the emotion and drama that has settled into this neighborhood since Friday night when Anthony “Tony” Robinson, a 19-year-old black man, was shot by a Madison police officer.    The details of the shooting are still being investigated and the background of the victim is also coming to light.   In no way does the background in any way address the concerns over the shooting, but it is another part of the larger story over this case.

Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, said that, “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”

Robinson was arrested last April following an armed home invasion at a Madison residence, according to police records. Cops were called to the scene around 6 AM by a neighbor who “spotted several men, one of them armed with a long gun, entering an apartment building,” according to a police report.

Police arrived at the home “just as the armed robbery was ending” and a group of suspects was fleeing “with electronics and other property.” Cops subsequently recovered a shotgun and a facsimile handgun used during the robbery, as well as some of the stolen property.

Robinson was one of five suspects (each of whom was 18 at the time of their arrest) busted for the home invasion. In October, he pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was later sentenced to six months in jail, though a judge stayed the exection of the custodial term. Robinson was also placed on three years probation, which he began serving in late-December.

In posts this year to his Facebook page, Robinson appeared troubled, writing, “I hate my mind” and “I don’t need help im not crazy.” In a January 19 post, he declared, “My soul is dying.” In a series of messages on February 11, Robinson wrote, “You arent shit to your family when you grow up,” and “Iv been getting lied to my whole life… Mostly by famliy members.” In December, a day after linking to a video showing a police officer applying a chokehold to a man, Robinson wrote, “The only thing cops are getting trained for is to shoot first and ask questions later.”


One Comment
  1. Get Real Madison permalink
    March 9, 2015 11:50 AM

    The Young, Black and Clueless and East High students just closed down East Washington Avenue during noon rush hour enabled by the MPD which escorted them. How productive! How positive! If they really wanted to emulate Tony Robinson, they could have run in and out of traffic on their own, assault each other, of course after an armed robbery and home invasion. I guess if they can leave school during instruction time and disrupt the city, the school district doesn’t need my vote for the referendum in April. I don’t care if the punks have to plant their asses in East High theater’s orange bowling chairs for the next 30 years. Oh, the horror!

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