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

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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.

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