Community gathering aims to calm tensions before DA releases decision on officer-involved shooting
Madison (WKOW)-- Healing together is the message from the family of Tony Robinson during a community gathering at James Madison Park Sunday afternoon. The event featured live music, poetry and tributes to Robinson that honor the person and not the controversy that surrounds his death.
"It's not about black and white this is about community and life," Robinson's mother Andrea Irwin explains.
Family members are hoping the community gathering will help to narrow the divide between community members and police. It's why they invited un-uniformed officers to the event.
"We need to have community healing and we need to celebrate Tony's life," longtime family friend Doris King says.
Madison police tell 27 News that an e-mail was sent out to officers about the party. A handful of officers stopped by the party periodically throughout the day.
"They're here getting to know the community and not wearing a uniform. They're a part of the community," Robinson's grandmother Sharon Irwin says.
The family is hoping that the celebration will set the tone for when District Attorney Ismael Ozanne releases his decision on whether or not to discipline the officer who shot Robinson back on March 6th. They're hoping that a peaceful celebration here will lead to peaceful demonstrations in the days to come.
"We want to bring everybody together as a whole so then maybe when a decision comes down people can remember that we're doing this, we're trying to heal as a community," Andrea Irwin says.
Ozanne says he will give at least a 48-hour notice before he releases his decision on whether to press charges against officer Matt Kenny in the fatal shooting. The Division of Criminal Investigation gave the district attorney's office final reports last week. No word yet on how long the review will take.
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