What We Know About the Police Shooting of Unarmed 19-Year-Old Tony Robinson in Madison, WI
Gee, this all sounds oddly familiar.
Various reports have found that Madison has some of the worst racial disparities in the country when it comes to law enforcement.
A 2013 report from Race to Equity, a city-run initiative, found that local black youths make up nearly 80 percent of local children sentenced to the state’s juvenile correctional facility, even though they’re only 9 percent of the county’s youth population. The report also found black adults in Dane County were eight times more likely to be arrested than white adults in 2012, which was higher than the black-white arrest disparity in Wisconsin (4 to 1) and the entire nation (2.5 to 1).
Another report released in 2007 by the Justice Policy Institute found that black residents in Dane County, where Madison is located, were 97 times more likely to be admitted for a drug crime than their white counterparts — the third largest disparity out of 198 counties analyzed in the report. Nationwide, black and white people use and sell drugs at similar rates.
Right now I have no idea whether or not the officer was justified in shooting this young man but this case just might shine some additional light on racial disparity in policing.