By Zoe Sullivan
Two young men were denied access to lawyers when they were taken in for questioning by police as witnesses to the police killing of Tony “Terrell” Robinson on Friday evening, according to friends and community activists.
Javier and Anthony Limon were questioned at the City County building in Madison, Wisconsin, after Robinson was shot and killed by police officer Matt Kenny last Wednesday.
The Limon brothers rent the apartment where the killing took place and are reported to have been with Robinson earlier in the day. The Rev Everett Mitchell, a former local prosecutor, told the Guardian that Limon called him to ask for support while he was being taken for questioning.
Craig Spaulding was one of those present Friday evening while the young people were being held. “We’re like a family,” Spaulding said, explaining that he considers himself a “surrogate father” to the young men, who are close to his son.
“We were denied access to them,” Spaulding said. “We were told that they were told they could have legal representation but [we were told] they’d said they were fine talking to the Department of Criminal Investigation with Justice Department, state Justice Department, and Madison police officers.”