Second day of demonstrations in Madison honor Tony Robinson, highlight racial disparities
The day following the non-indictment of Madison officer Matt Kenny, demonstrators took to the streets. A rally organized by the group Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition began at 9 am at the scene where 19 year old Tony Robinson Jr. was shot. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne cited evidence Tuesday in saying Robinson was unarmed, but attacked Kenny before the officer opened fire.
The group marched through Madison streets as police accommodated by blocking traffic ahead of the march.
Around PM, YGB says police began arresting about 25-30 protestors who refused to leave the street. The group says these were \"planned arrests\".
While honoring Tony Robinson with the demonstration, Young, Gifted, and Black also highlighted racial disparities in the criminal justice system. In past, the group has quoted a Race to Equity report in saying a black man is eight times more likely to be arrested in Dane County than a white man. At the time of the report, that was roughly double the rate compared to the rest of Wisconsin, and almost four times higher than the rest of the country. YGB has quoted other studies saying Dane County's numbers have become even worse since the report.
YGB says it will stage more demonstrations, but was not prepared to release details Wednesday night.