Friends of the unarmed, black Wisconsin teen who was gunned down by a Madison police officer were questioned for hours without legal counsel or family present after the fatal shooting, BuzzFeed reports.
The news site was given a video that shows attorneys and family members arguing with officers trying to gain access to two brothers, Anthony and Javier Limon.
The Limon brothers live in the house where Tony Robinson was shot, although neither was home at the time of the shooting, BuzzFeed reports. According to the report, after the shooting, the young men were taken to a Madison police station and questioned for hours.
Craig Spaulding, who was present at the time the brothers were taken into custody and considers himself their “surrogate dad,” claimed that Anthony Limon told him that he wanted a lawyer brought to the station.
“I said, ‘Don’t say a word, we’re going to get you an attorney, don’t say anything,’” Spaulding said, according to BuzzFeed. “Anthony said, ‘All right, all right, I’m OK. Get me an attorney.’”
Anthony Limon also reportedly called Everett Mitchell, an attorney, who told BuzzFeed that he got a call from the young man while he was in the station, saying that he wanted a lawyer.
Mitchell claims that when he got to the station, authorities told him that he would have to wait because the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation was on its way to see the young men. Mitchell told BuzzFeed that he had to wait another hour before an investigator from the division came to speak to him. He also said that the young men were questioned by investigators for “at least four or five hours.”
In the first video, Mitchell can be seen arguing with the officers, insisting that the brothers requested his presence. “They called me up; that’s how I got down here,” he could be heard saying.
In a second video, the officer tells the group that Anthony Limon said he was fine speaking to law enforcement by himself. “Anthony just said, ‘I don’t need him back here. I’m good talking to [the investigator] by myself,’” the officer claimed, saying that Anthony Limon “changed his mind.”
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