Reports claim the 19-year-old entered an apartment in Madison, Wisconsin, and was shot during a struggle with a police officer.
Source: Nwo Report
Dozens of people have turned out to protest against the shooting dead by police of an apparently unarmed black teenager.
Mike Koval, the police chief in Madison, Wisconsin, said the 19-year-old was killed in a struggle with police on Friday evening.
The man has not yet been formally identified, but family members identified him to local media as Tony Robinson.
His mother, Andrea Irwin, told ABC News: “My son has never been a violent person, never. And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.
“My son is now another statistic of the things that are happening all over the United States. Another black kid shot by the police for no reason.
“This has got to stop.”
The victim’s mother, Andrea Irwin
Mr Koval told broadcaster WKOW police were called because the man was jumping into traffic, and an officer later forced his way into an apartment that the 19-year-old, who was also suspected of battery, had entered.
A struggle between the suspect and the officer ensued and the teen was fatally shot, Mr Koval added.
Mr Koval said the officer administered CPR, and the wounded man was taken to hospital where he died.
He said: “The initial finding at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject.”
Mr Koval said he believes there was more than one shot fired.
The death follows on from other killings of young unarmed black men by police officers, including the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island.
Videos published on social media showed around 100 demonstrators at the scene of the shooting in Madison chanting slogans such as “Who can you trust? Not the police,” in front of a row of police officers.
Many of the protesters then moved the demonstration to inside the Madison City County building, according to videos published on Twitter.
It is not clear if there were any arrests.
The Wisconsin State Journal quoted friends of Mr Robinson as saying he was a happy person.
“I still can’t even fully wrap my head around this,” 17-year-old Jack Spaulding told the newspaper.
The city’s mayor, Paul Soglin, told the Journal there would be an out-of-area investigation into the shooting as required by law.
Mr Soglin said: “It’s a tragedy beyond description.
“I expect there will be a lot of anger and frustrations.”
Mr Koval appealed for calm in the aftermath of the shooting.
He said: “In light of so many things that have happened not just across this country but in our own community, it is understandable that the reaction at the scene and of some of our citizens is extremely volatile, emotional and upsetting.
“We understand that. That’s absolutely appropriate under these circumstances.
“We would urge obviously that everybody exercise restraint, calm, and allow the Department of Criminal Investigations to conduct their affairs.”