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Protesters stage march at shooting scene, vow continued activism

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Blasting police officers and maintaining racism in their ranks, over two hundred protesters marched from Madison city hall Saturday to the scene of a deadly, officer-involved shooting on Williamson Street, claiming policemen and women were "murderers."

Despite the harsh rhetoric and uneasy moments between officers at the crime scene and protesters, there were no clashes.  

Activism in protest of the police shooting of unarmed, 19-year old Tony Robinson, was day long, with four hundred people gathering on Madison's south side to plan a series of events to highlight the circumstances of Robinson's death.

Damon Terrell of the Young Gifted and Talented Coalition says the officer's shooting of Robinson would be brushed under the rug, if it was not for protesters.

"He shot a child dead, and the reason this community won't blink is because he looks the way he does,"  Terrell says.  Robinson was African-American.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval identifies the officer as responsible for Robinson's fatal shooting as Matt Kenny.  Kenny is caucasian.

Protest leaders told those gathered their effort needed to resemble actions in Ferguson, Missouri, when an unarmed African American teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer during a confrontation.  They say actions need to commence before any investigation is complete, and should be visible in the streets of the city, and in its public halls.  Coalition members are planning to attend a Tuesday county meeting, a mayoral candidates forum Thursday, and create a national day of action Wednesday.  Protest organizers say students at Madison East High School are planning a walk out Monday in protest of Robinson's shooting.

One speaker, who was not identified, urged the crowd to remain commitment.  "This is not a moment, or a day, but a movement," she said.

Councilperson and mayoral candidate Scott Resnick was heckled as he tried to speak with reporters after the south side planning meeting.  Resnick says the drastic tilt toward minority arrests in Madison is unacceptable, and says the officer-involved shooting is a wake-up call.

"We rested on our laurels," Resnick says.  "We said the city of Madison was not New York City.  We said that we were not Ferguson."

At the scene of the fatal shooting, Robinson's friend, Erika Gonzalez questioned Madison police tactics.  "They carry a taser for a reason,"  Gonzalez said.  "Why don't we start using it, instead of using our guns?"

While crime scene tape was maintained around the two story, white building at 1125 Williamson Street where the shooting took place, officers allowed several young people through the tape to place memorial flowers for Robinson on the property.

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