Soglin: City had no standing in Robinson settlement decision

Soglin: City had no standing in Robinson settlement decision

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the city’s insurance carrier made the decision to accept a settlement in an officer-involved shooting case, and the city had to standing on the matter.

In a statement released Thursday, Soglin said the insurance carrier, the officer and the family of Tony Robinson made the decision to settle a federal civil lawsuit over Robinson’s death.

Robinson was a biracial man who was fatally shot by Madison police Officer Matt Kenny in 2015. The shooting and Robinson’s death sparked protests throughout the city calling for an examination of police use-of-force policy and renewed efforts by police to educate and engage the community.

“I understand there was tremendous pressure on the remaining parties to the lawsuit to settle the case, rather than have this matter continue with no end in sight,” Soglin said. “Unfortunately, the way the case was concluded leaves the public and all local governments still struggling to understand how police officers are to proceed in dangerous situations when confronted by individuals who are impaired by substance abuse or mental health issues.”