WPPA Statement Re: Results of Internal Police Investigation to Clear Officer Matt Kenny

June 3, 2015

(MADISON, Wis.) – Responding to today’s announcement by the Madison Police Department clearing Officer Matt Kenny of any policy violations in the March 6 shooting of Tony Robinson, WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer, who is also Kenny’s attorney, issued the following statement:

“We believe the Madison Police Department’s determination to clear Officer Matt Kenny of any policy violations for the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson is the correct result. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the extensive investigations that have been conducted in this matter, and we are pleased that both the internal investigation and the criminal investigation concluded that Officer Kenny’s actions were appropriate, lawful, and in accordance with the rules governing his conduct. Nonetheless, those facts do not diminish our recognition of the loss that the Robinson family has suffered, and we again extend to them our deepest condolences.

“Officer Kenny looks forward to being able to continue his service to the people of this city, and the WPPA will work with the Madison Police Department to transition him back into police service in a way that delicately balances the sensitivities of the community, the department’s needs, and the rights of an officer whose actions have been carefully examined and deemed appropriate.”

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With nearly 10,000 members from almost 300 local association affiliates, the WPPA is Wisconsin’s largest law enforcement group. Further inquiries may be directed to Jim Palmer at 608-273-3840.

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