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Watch: Dash-Cam Video Shows Police Killing Unarmed Tony Robinson (Video)

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Madison, Wisconsin, Police Officer Matt Kenny will not be charged in the March 6 shooting death of biracial, unarmed 19-year-old Tony Robinson, the district attorney announced.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne made the announcement on May 12, and added, "I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force."

A newly released dash-cam video (below) from Kenny's cruiser shows what happened outside the apartment on March 6, including the moment when Kenny shot 19-year-old Robinson, The Free Thought Project reports.

Authorities claim that the 911 calls said Robinson was allegedly acting "insane," jumping in front of cars, and attacking people.

Kenny insisted that Robinson hit him and knocked him down inside the apartment. According to Kenny, he feared Robinson would assault him again or steal his gun, so he shot him. Robinson was reportedly shot seven times in three seconds.

Ozanne added:

I am concerned that recent violence around our nation is giving some in our communities a justification for fear, hatred and violence. I am reminded that true and lasting change does not come from violence, but from exercising our voices and our votes.

Others feel the police shooting of Robinson is an example of the type of violence Ozanne warned about.

"This is politics, not justice," Robinson's grandmother, Sharon Irwin, said.

Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin, told CNN's Anderson Cooper: "I'm heartbroken and I'm angry. I'm more than upset, almost something that I can't even describe right now."

Robinson's family have questioned whether the investigation into the shooting was fair and hired a Chicago law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the incident, CNN reports. They have also commissioned a private autopsy, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Ozanne said toxicology results showed that Robinson had taken hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and Xanax before he was shot by Kenny.

Robinson's family and friends did confirm to Wisconsin State Journal that Robinson had used hallucinogenic drugs and was acting strangely on the day he was shot, but they don't believe that justified the killing.

Irwin confirmed to CNN that she is going to sue the Madison Police Department, which she accused of conducting a "smear campaign" against her and Robinson.

The shooting has also sparked days of protests in Madison. Robinson's family has supported the protests, but also has noted that they "feel strongly that protests should not be violent, should be calm," the family's attorney, Jon Loevy, told reporters.

Sources: CNN, The Free Thought Project, Wisconsin State Journal
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