Two videos have surfaced showing police in Madison, Wisconsin, telling family members and attorneys that two young men don't want them present while being questioned by investigators.
The police also claimed that Anthony and Javier Limon knew they could walk out of the questioning at any time, but chose not to leave (for hours).
The police also said on the videos (below) that no one could talk to the young men to confirm the claims made by the officers.
Anthony and Javier were being questioned about their roommate, Tony Robinson, 19, who was shot and killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny on March 6, notes BuzzFeed.
Robinson, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by Kenny inside the house where Anthony and Javier lived with Robinson. The two young men were not at home during the shooting, so it's not clear why they were detained by police for so long.
Craig Spaulding, who shot the videos, told Buzzfeed that he was like a surrogate father to the brothers whom he saw moments before police took them away.
"I said, 'Don’t say a word, we’re going to get you an attorney, don’t say anything,’” Spaulding told Buzzfeed. “Anthony said, ‘All right, all right, I’m OK. Get me an attorney.'"
Everett Mitchell, a defense attorney, claimed that he got a call from Anthony at the police station.
Mitchell told BuzzFeed that when he arrived at the station, he was told by officers that he would have to wait because two agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation were en route to question the brothers.
“[The police] knew how to follow protocol," Mitchell told The Guardian. "It did concern me. It did make all of us think that something else was going on. Because clearly we’re there, and clearly [the young men] called us, or at least they called me.”
Buzzfeed and The Guardian asked the Wisconsin Police Department about the incident, but the department referred them to a prior press release by the Wisconsin Attorney General which only addresses the shooting.