Yesterday, in Madison, Wisconsin, the Dane County district attorney announced that police officer Matthew Kenny will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of Tony Robinson. As John has explained, the district attorney’s decision could not rationally have been otherwise given the facts of the case.
Robinson, who was convicted of armed robbery last year, was high on mushrooms and other drugs. He acted violently towards several individuals, prompting the police to be called. When Officer Kenny arrived, Robinson punched him in the head. Fearing that Robinson would take his gun, Kenny shot him dead.
There can be no serious claim that the DA, Ismael Ozanne, made his decision not to prosecute Kenny, who is white (Robinson was part black), based on race. Not only is the decision fully supported by the facts, but Ozanne is biracial and identifies himself as black.
Nonetheless, protesters are out in force doing their “black lives matter” thing. John described yesterday’s demonstration as half-hearted, but today’s, though non-violent, seem to have been serious.
According to the AP, demonstrators staged a mock hearing outside of a Madison courthouse. 150 to 200 protesters watched while others laid out the case (such as it is) for having Officer Kenny stand trial.
Afterwards, two dozen protesters locked arms and blocked an intersection near the courthouse. As the police moved to arrest these individuals, other protesters hurled insults at the officers, including racial epithets.
Today’s demonstration was organized by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition. As the saying goes, two out of three ain’t bad.
The left is relentlessly pushing its narrative that police officers throughout America are “stealing black lives.” Lacking solid evidence for this proposition, it must insist that cases like Tony Robinson’s and Michael Brown’s fit this narrative, regardless of what the evidence shows.
This approach — call it “no thug left behind” — should cause the anti-police movement to lose credibility. But thanks in part to the mainstream media, which gave the Tony Robinson story far more play than it deserved, this doesn’t seem to be happening.