Tony Robinson Shooting: Michael Bell's Father Recalls Son's Shooting Death by Police in 2004

Michael Bell, whose son was fatally shot by police in 2004.
Michael Bell, whose son was fatally shot by police in 2004.MSNBC

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A father whose unarmed son was killed by police in Wisconsin in 2004 says he’s alarmed by the latest police shooting there.

In an interview with MSNBC, Michael Bell — whose son, also named Michael, was killed — described fighting for a first-in-the-nation law that requires external review of police shootings.

“Civil rights isn’t just about African-Americans and Hispanics,” he said. “It also includes civil rights for people like myself and my son. I had a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy that was killed under a spotlight.”

On Friday night, an unarmed black teenager was killed by a police officer in Madison. Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. was shot inside an apartment by a veteran officer during a confrontation. Three days of protests have followed.


— Erin McClam