MADISON (WKOW)-- The District Attorney is still working to determine if charges are warranted in the shooting of Tony Robinson by a police officer. Ahead of that decision, community leaders held a public forum to explain what goes in to this type of investigation.
“I'm not going to be one to try to speculate, on what happened,” said Earnestine Moss, who attended the forum. “I'm gonna wait and see what the facts are.”
But as she awaits a decision in the Tony Robinson Case, Moss, is trying to learn as much as she can about the investigative process. She says that's why she attended a forum Thursday, where a legal expert explained how investigators and the District Attorney will examine if the use of force was justified.
“Officers can use deadly force if they feel like they're facing a risk of life, loss of life or great bodily harm for themselves or someone else,” said attorney Stan Davis. “And the actions that they take have to be reasonable when compared with officers in that same situation.”
Bishop Harold Rayford, president of the African American Council of Churches in Madison helped organize the forum, and says educating the community before the decision, will help people in their response to that decision.
“This investigation is important to the Black community,” Bishop Rayford said. “My message is to get as much information as you can and ponder the information. Think about it. Research. Find out what's going on and get involved in the process.”
There is another legal forum Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 at Faith Place Church in Sun Prairie. It is open to the public.