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Officer Matt Kenny awaiting DA's decision with baited breath, says attorney

Posted: Updated: May 11, 2015 06:35 PM
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MADISON (WKOW) – Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny and his family are awaiting Tuesday's decision from the district attorney with baited breath like everyone else, according to Kenny's attorney.

Jim Palmer, who also serves as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said he will be in constant communication with his client, Kenny, during and after Tuesday's announcement.

The Dane County District Attorney will make public Tuesday his decision over whether Kenny will face criminal charges in the shooting death of 19-year old Tony Robinson.

Kenny shot and killed Robinson March 6 after police alleged the teenager hit Kenny in the head.

Palmer said he has not seen the details of the state department of justice's investigation into the shooting, which is now in the hands of Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. But he said he is not expecting Kenny to be charged based on what the officer has told him transpired the night of the shooting.

“Based on the facts as we know them, we think Officer Kenny's actions were entirely appropriate and within his training, as well as within departmental policies and within the bounds of the law,” Palmer said.

“I think (Kenny) is looking forward to this decision being made so he can move on with his life,” Palmer said.

Palmer said Kenny is hoping to eventually return to work as a Madison police officer.

“Officer Kenny is looking forward to returning to his calling and serving this community,” Palmer said.

But Palmer added the nine weeks since the shooting have been hard on Kenny and his family. He said the family has been instructed by the WPPA to avoid watching news coverage or monitoring social media chatter about the shooting.

Palmer also said Kenny and his family are grieving the death of Robinson along with the rest of the community.

“They're cognizant of the fact that Tony Robinson's family has suffered a tragic loss. That's something that weighs on them,” Palmer said. “But since the incident occurred, to hear Officer Kenny called a racist and a murderer when there's so little information that's been out in the public view, I think has been very difficult.”

Palmer said he also hopes Tuesday's decision sparks a community discussion about police use of force policies.

“Madison as a community is going to have to learn how to heal,” Palmer said.

“We think that's going to require a community-wide dialogue, which will include law enforcement, so that we can explore ways to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the public,” Palmer said.

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MADISON (WKOW) – Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny and his family are awaiting Tuesday's decision from the district attorney with baited breath like everyone else, according to Kenny's attorney.

Jim Palmer, who also serves as the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said he will be in constant communication with his client, Kenny, during and after Tuesday's announcement.

The Dane County District Attorney will make public Tuesday his decision over whether Kenny will face criminal charges in the shooting death of 19-year old Tony Robinson.

Kenny shot and killed Robinson on March 6 after police alleged the teenager hit Kenny in the head.

Palmer said he has not seen the details of the state department of justice's investigation into the shooting, which is now in the hands of Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.

But he said he is not expecting Kenny to be charged based on what the officer has told him transpired the night of the shooting.

“Based on the facts as we know them, we think Officer Kenny's actions were entirely appropriate and within his training, as well as within departmental policies and within the bounds of the law,” Palmer said.

For more of WKOW's interview with Jim Palmer, tune in to 27 News at 10 p.m.

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