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Mar 10, 201504:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

What about the police officer?

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Madison has heard a lot about a troubled young man named Anthony Terrell Robinson. We have heard how he was loved by his family, how he was torn between two worlds — academic achievement on the one hand, drugs and violence on the other. Now his name is being used in a larger cause to delegitimize public order, prey upon liberal guilt, and excuse away the failures of the Great Society.

But what about the police officer, Matt Kenny, who used his service revolver in what may have been self-defense on Williamson Street on Saturday?

His fellow Madison police officer Adrian Alan posted this on a Facebook event page for an upcoming Madison pro-police event, scheduled this Wednesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the northeast corner of Capitol Park. I use this with officer Alan’s permission:

Matt Kenny is my friend. He is one of the most professional, compassionate, and level-headed people I have ever known. As an officer, he is someone I have trusted many times with my safety and my life. If my family needed help, or if they were in danger, I would want Matt to respond to help them.

On countless occasions, Matt has put his own safety at risk to come to the aid of complete strangers who needed help, and I have no doubt that’s what he did on Friday night when citizens called 911 after being allegedly attacked, assaulted and strangled. Having been involved in a shooting myself, I can attest that no officer would ever choose to subject themselves and their families to the stress, fear and trauma that comes with such an incident — unless they believed it was the only possible way they, or another innocent person would survive to see their loved ones again.

Matt is a skilled officer who trains vigorously because he understands that people will rely on his performance when they need him in the most dire of circumstances. But more remarkable than Matt’s devotion to others as their protector — is his compassion for life.


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Mar 10, 2015 05:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've heard a lot about Matt Kenny. Seems like a good guy. But he's alive and a young, black man who wasn't armed in what we've heard was a fight between the two is dead. So yeah, the dead guy gets more ink. Was he a good cop? We don't really know. We do know that the last cop who was involved in the high-profile killing of an unarmed young man in this town was not a good cop. He was jerk who scoffed at taxpayers and did so on the radio of his squad car.

Both Kenny and Robinson are getting the full media treatment today. The difference is that one of them is breathing and watching the snow melt on an unseasonably warm Wisconsin winter day. His family might be angry that he's getting some unwanted attention, but his heart is beating and he is able to hug them and tell them it's going to be okay. He might not be able to turn on the TV or surf the web without getting a shrill reminder of bad night. The other guy involved in that bad night isn't going to be able to do that.

If we learn that Kenny made a bad choice in going for his gun, he'll get raked over pretty good about it. Maybe he'll go to jail, which seems like a near impossibility in 2015 America. Tony Robinson also may have made a bad decision on Friday night. Like a lot of young people, he might have gotten high. Maybe even too aggressive with his friend. Maybe Tony Robinson was a first-class jerk and Matt Kenny is a sweetheart of a gent.

What does any of that have to do with anything when one of them is dead at the hands of another?

Mar 10, 2015 10:15 pm
 Posted by  Gregory

There is a Facebook page to support Madison police during this tough time for everyone in our community and city as we work through this event. The police are no different from the rest of us when it comes to grieving over this matter. They strive to protect us and work in a very tough job day in and day out. Let us not forget that fact as we work to heal as a city.

Mar 10, 2015 11:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Excellent article, Dave. I know many, many law enforcement officers and I know not a one that plans to come to work and shoot someone. They want to go home and watch TV, play with the kids, or take the wife out to dinner. Lefty Inc. likes to demonize everyone but the real demons. If they weren't so hateful, I'd feel sorry for Lefty.

Dave, not B

Mar 11, 2015 11:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are the stats from 2011 us census

193 blacks killed by whites

448 whites killed by blacks

2447 blacks killed by blacks

All lives matter!!!!

Until we get real with what the real problem is and be brutally honest to the facts this problem will never get resolved in a real matter.
No living people black or white are responsible for what other black or white people did generations ago - an0nymous.
But we are responsible to be honest until you are are you can never fix a problem

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This might appear to be a black and white issue if we want it to be. But it is foremost a tragedy for the families involved. Unless we've walked in the shoes of either individual we do not deserve to pass judgment. Each if they could would take back this moment but that cannot be done. One individual had a job to protect the public the other individual had an obligation to let that job be done. That didn't occur and we must all learn from this. One is dead and one is alive but both are victims.

Mar 11, 2015 12:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It remains interesting that when middle-aged white guys fly a "Don't tread on me" flag, he's a hero to Dave Blaska. When a black person does essentially the same thing, he's the object of Dave Blaska's ridicule.

Mar 11, 2015 01:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What seems to really get under the skin of Madison elites about the Robinson incident is hearing the national media uttering the name of their liberal Nirvana in the same breath as Ferguson, Missouri of all places--when everyone knows our true peers are Portland, Berkeley, Austin ... well, you get the idea. Oh, the shame of it all! I've said for years that Madison is far less concerned with DOING the right thing than being SEEN to do the right thing. If any good can be said to have come from the sad events of the last few days, it's seeing Madison's carefully cultivated self-image taking a well deserved hit.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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