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MPD statement on settlement

The Madison Police Department was not involved in any of the negotiations that resulted in today’s announced settlement in the Estate of Tony Robinson v. Matt Kenny case, or in the ultimate decision to settle the case.  Officer Kenny was cleared of any criminal culpability by the Dane County District Attorney (after an independent investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation), and was found to have acted within MPD’s Code of Conduct and Standard Operating Procedures after an internal review.  Chief Koval and other department leaders had hoped the civil case would proceed to trial so Officer Kenny could be cleared in this additional venue, however they understand that attorneys, insurance providers and risk managers have reached a business decision based on factors other than the actual facts of the case.  The settlement does not express or even suggest an admission of wrongdoing, and does not alter MPD’s view on the matter. Officer Kenny remains assigned to MPD’s Training Section and Mounted Patrol.
Judge Peterson clearly rejected the assertion that MPD’s policies, practices or training were inadequate, and Chief Koval continues to have great confidence in the men and women of the Madison Police Department.


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