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MADISON (WKOW) – The executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association said Officer Matt Kenny's long-term goal is to return to patrol as part of the Madison Police Department.
An internal review by the Madison Police Department on Wednesday into the officer-involved shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson found that Kenny did not violate any departmental protocols or procedures when he shot the teenager March 6.
The Dane County DA previously declined to pursue criminal charges against Kenny in connection with the shooting. He found Kenny's use of deadly force had been justified after Robinson allegedly battered him inside a Williamson Street home.
The DA reviewed a report on the shooting compiled by the state department of justice to reach that decision.
In an interview at the WPPA offices in Madison on Wednesday, the organization's executive director, Jim Palmer said he and Kenny expected the officer to be cleared by the internal review.
“We think this was the correct result,” Palmer said. “This matter has now been investigated by numerous agencies and both the criminal investigation and the internal investigation have determined that Officer Kenny's actions were appropriate and lawful and in accordance with the rules that govern his conduct.”
Palmer has served as Kenny's attorney since the shooting.
He said he and Kenny will now focus on the officer's return to duty.
“It represents a turning point for Officer Kenny,” Palmer said. “Now that he's been cleared he can start working to get back to some meaningful police service and that will be something we'll be working with the Madison Police Department on.”
Palmer said Kenny wants to eventually resume his duties on Patrol, although he added that's not likely to happen anytime soon.
He said Kenny's safety remains a concern. Palmer said any plan to put Kenny back on duty at MPD should take the officer's safety into consideration, along with the police department's needs and Kenny's right to return to work.
“I think with time and with a plan that makes sense... he'll be able to successfully return to the police force and patrol,” Palmer said. “That would be the long term goal.”
MADISON (WKOW) – Responding to today's announcement by the Madison Police Department clearing Officer Matt Kenny of any policy violations in the March 6 shooting of Tony Robinson, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer, who is also Kenny's attorney, issued the following statement:
“We believe the Madison Police Department's determination to clear Officer Matt Kenny of any policy violations for the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson is the correct result. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the extensive investigations that have been conducted in this matter, and we are pleased that both the internal investigation and the criminal investigation concluded that Officer Kenny's actions were appropriate, lawful, and in accordance with the rules governing his conduct. Nonetheless, those facts do not diminish our recognition of the loss that the Robinson family has suffered, and we again extend to them our deepest condolences.
“Officer Kenny looks forward to being able to continue his service to the people of this city, and the WPPA will work with the Madison Police Department to transition him back into police service in a way that delicately balances the sensitivities of the community, the department's needs, and the rights of an officer whose actions have been carefully examined and deemed appropriate.”