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Andrea Irwin, mother of Tony Robinson, charged in road rage case

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Court documents show Andrea Irwin and a man identified as her boyfriend are each charged in a road rage incident. Charges against Jeffrey Jackson include substantial battery and disorderly conduct, and Irwin is charged for being a party to those crimes.

Irwin's son, Tony Robinson, was shot and killed by a Madison police officer on March 6, 2015, and Robinson's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Madison and the officer who shot Robinson, Matt Kenny, who was cleared in an internal review and cleared of criminal wrongdoing by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. Authorities say Robinson punched Kenny in the head before the officer fired the deadly shots.

The criminal complaint filed in the road rage incident states Irwin, on April 5, had words with a fellow motorist as they drove on John Nolen Drive towards downtown Madison. The other driver claims Irwin cut him off, and Irwin told police the man tried to run her off the road into the lake.

Jackson told police Irwin called him and stayed on the phone with Jackson as she followed the other driver's car from John Nolen onto Williamson Street, where he finally pulled over in front of Monty's Blue Plate. The complaint states Jackson caught up to them at that point. 

The other driver told police a man approached his car and indicated something was hanging off the vehicle. The other driver rolled down the window the man punched him twice in the mouth. He later told police he got 2-3 stitches.

Police say Jackson admitted he punched the man, saying he did it to protect his girlfriend.

Irwin stated she never intended to call police and felt since she was being attacked by a male, her boyfriend should defend her.

"She maintains her innocence,"  Irwin family adviser David Hart tells 27 News.  "I think the evidence will show...that she was once again victimized,"  Hart says.

Irwin became the public face of a number of protests in the wake of her son's police shooting death.

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