A tenant in Madison, WI received an eviction notice, as well a a bill for $1,192.15 from his landlord, to clean up his roommate’s blood, who had been shot dead by police just a couple of weeks ago.
According to Think Progress, 19-year-old Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. was shot down by officers a few weeks ago, and has become the center of controversy, being compared to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
The unarmed man was shot in his apartment, which he shared with his roommate, Anthony M. Limo, and now the landlord, Ray A. Peterson, is responding to the death.
The site reports that Limo “had received an eviction notice, giving him five days to vacate their Madison apartment or pay their three-days-late rent and $1,192.15 for “bio-hazard cleanup” for removal of Robinson’s blood from the apartment.”
Responding to the decision to bill Limo for the aftermath of Robinson’s tragic death, Peterson told the site:
“If we gave them special privileges, it could be a real discrimination problem. In order to stay in business we have to treat the laws equally and all lessees equally.” He noted that an attorney for the tenants had indicated they intend to vacate without waiting to be evicted, which he termed a “delightful message.” Regarding the tragic death of Robinson, Peterson added, “We certainly feel bad about it.”
Brenda K. Konkel, the executive director of the Madison-based Tenant Resource Center revealed that Peterson has no legal obligation to evict Limo, or let alone charge him for the blood removal.
We pray for the family of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. during this tough time.
SOURCE: Think Progress | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty