MADISON, Wis. – The white Madison, Wisconsin, police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black 19-year-old in 2015 will continue working behind the scenes and not return to active patrol.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval made the announcement about Matt Kenny's future in a blog post Friday. The post came the day after Madison's insurance carrier settled a federal lawsuit with the family of Tony Robinson Jr. for $3.35 million.
Koval says Kenny had rights under his contract to return to active patrol. But instead, Koval says Kenny will continue with his duties in the department's training program and horse-mounted patrol unit.
Koval says Kenny told him he believes that is in the community and department's best interests. Koval says, "I believe this was an insightful request and therefore approved."