MADISON (WKOW)-- The District Attorney is now reviewing the investigation in to the Tony Robinson shooting. In the meantime, Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin is looking for ways she can make a difference.
On her first Mother's Day since the death of her son, Tony Robinson, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting, Andrea Irwin will march in Washington, DC, with other mother's who lost their sons' the same way.
“It might be something that makes this day just a little bit easier for me,” Irwin said. “It's nice to be able to talk to people who understand what I'm feeling. Who know exactly what my pain is and it's just kind of empowering to be around those women, where I don't need to explain anything. They already know.”
Irwin says her goal is to facilitate changes to prevent other officer-involved deaths.
“Not only did it effect my son who's gone, but the officer who shot him, his family, my family, the community as a whole, this spreads so wide, and if effects so many,” Irwin said. “And those things can be prevented, and that's what we should be trying to do, is prevent that from happening.”
She says one step is to improve police, community relations, in part by getting more officers in to neighborhoods to get to know the kids and their parents.
“There definitely needs to be a relationship because there's an amount of fear that's growing on both sides and fear leads to violence, leads to hatred, it leads to, a lot of things like what happened to my son,” Irwin said. “
But Irwin says she also wants procedural changes within the police department.
“There's gotta be a way to stop this from happening,” Irwin said. “You can't get a life back once it's gone, and there should be some form of, more defined procedures for use of deadly force.”
Irwin says as she awaits the district attorney's decision, she is trying to stay positive.
“Hatred is all consuming and I can't, I can't just sit here and be angry,” Irwin said. “I need to make something positive out of all of this, in some way.”
There is no timeline for when the District Attorney will make a decision about whether or not charges will be filed against the officer involved.