A Madison, Wisconsin police officer fatally shot Tony Robinson, 19, in what police report as a response to a 911 call about a man who had assaulted a victim, and was dodging cars in traffic.
According to the police report, the officer followed the suspect into an apartment, where the man is alleged to have struck the officer in the head, knocking him to the ground. During the struggle, officer Matthew Kenny fatally shot the suspect.
His mother, Andrea Irwin, said, “My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”
Remember, her brain signaled her tongue what words to say in less than a microsecond.
The brain did not say:
"My son was not violent", nor "my son is not violent" (with maternal denial and past tense verb avoidance.)
She used "has never been" as her verb choice.
"My son has never been a violent person."
Next, we note that she called him a "person", which is not a "boy", "young man" or "man."
Then, we notice a word repeated:
"My son has never been a violent person. And to die in such a violent, violent, way, it baffles me."
The word "person" from a mother should cause interviewers to explore the relationship she had with her son.
This has also the word "violent" used three times, making it sensitive to her. What has caused this sensitivity?
The media article ended without further information. The Smoking Gun (TSM) obtained a prior police report and released it.
The 19 year old was on 3 years probation for armed home invasion after pleading guilty. A home invasion is considered one of the most frightening of crimes. This means he pled guilty to breaking into someone's home, with deadly force. It is considered one of the most intrusive, stress causing violent moments possible in robbery, often done while the inhabitants are either asleep, or awake, yet always with the expectation of "home", with "peace, security", (etc) often taken from them, for the rest of their lives.
A home invasion's violent element can impact victims for the rest of their lives, leaving them unable to ever feel safe again.
On his Twitter account, Robinson yesterday included a link to a story about the scathing Department of Justice probe into the Ferguson, Missouri police department. On Thursday, he tweeted, “I need a bae to take care of me when I'm off the drugs.” In other tweets, the teen--whose handle included the name “Tony Montana”--frequently referred to marijuana and described himself as a “Real nigga from the start till the casket shut.” Last June, Robinson made reference to the ankle monitor he was outfitted with after being released on bond in the armed robbery case. “Big bro wants me to come to new york and live with him after my bracelet comes off, hey why not,” he wrote.
In posts this year to his Facebook page, Robinson appeared troubled, writing, “I hate my mind” and “I don’t need help im not crazy.” In a January 19 post, he declared, “My soul is dying.” In a series of messages on February 11, Robinson wrote, “You arent shit to your family when you grow up,” and “Iv been getting lied to my whole life… Mostly by famliy members.” In December, a day after linking to a video showing a police officer applying a chokehold to a man, Robinson wrote, “The only thing cops are getting trained for is to shoot first and ask questions later.”