Release of Tony Robinson documents done as open record requests

What you need to know: Wednesday
Tony Robinson and Matthew Kenny

The release of documents about Tony Robinson and officer Matt Kenny by the Madison Police Department was a result of multiple open records requests. All of the records released were provided in response to a third party request.

According to Madison Police Chief Michael Koval, his agency worked with the City Attorney’s Office to make sure they were in compliance with open record laws.

All of the released records were separate from the independent Department of Criminal Investigation being conducted into the shooting death of the Robinson, 19. All of the released records were within the records domain of the Madison Police Department.

Robinson was shot and killed by Kenny, who was responding to a report that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic. Madison police maintain Robinson assaulted Kenny prior to the shooting.

MPD also released, as a result of an open records request, dashboard camera video of a 2007 shooting involving Kenny.

The video shows officers responding to the home of Ronald Brandon, who was pointing a pellet gun at officers. At the time, police did not know it was a pellet gun.

As officers arrive, the video shows them ordering Brandon to put the gun down. When he stands up and points the gun at police, the redacted video cuts to black at the moment of the shooting. The video resumes as an ambulance arrives at the scene.

Following an investigation, Kenny was exonerated of any wrongdoing in the shooting.