UPDATE: Gov. Walker speaks with mother of Tony Robinson, youth leaders
MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) met with African-American community leaders from Madison Wednesday and spoke with the mother of Tony Robinson, the unarmed 19 year-old man who was shot and killed by a Madison police officer last Friday night.
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County CEO Michael Johnson reached out to Gov. Walker on Monday asking for a meeting. He wanted to not only discuss what happened to Tony Robinson, but about helping Wisconsin's African-American population going forward.
Meeting for breakfast at the governor's mansion Wednesday morning, both Johnson and one of his top officers said they felt an immediate connection with Walker.
"The Governor has a 19 year-old, just like I have a 19 year-old and it was really just about trying to bring home the humanity plea about - this is really a tragedy," said Nichelle Nichols, chief academic officer for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.
Johnson said he made a point to ask Gov. Walker if he would call Andrea Irwin, the mother of Tony Robinson.
"The Governor immediately asked if he could get her number and call her right away," said Johnson.
Laurel Patrick, a spokesperson for the Governor told 27 News Walker spoke with Irwin Wednesday afternoon to express his condolences.
"Governor Walker feels great empathy for the Robinson family at losing their son and shared his and Mrs. Walker's condolences for them and for all involved," reads a statement put out by Patrick.
But Johnson and Nichols also talked with the Governor about ways the state can help the African-American community.
"I would like to see some African-American leaders work with him to create a statewide job initiative for African-American men," said Johnson.
They also pitched a statewide summer internship program for disadvantaged youths and a program to help mothers raising African-American sons.
"I felt like he was sincere," said Johnson. "He wanted to follow-up. I think he listened."
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