A tenant in Madison, WI received an eviction notice, as well as a bill for $1,192.15 from his landlord to clean up his roommate’s blood after he was shot dead by police two weeks prior.
Nineteen-year-old Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. was killed by officers a few weeks ago in the apartment he shared with his roommate, Anthony M. Limo. Now, landlord Ray A. Peterson is responding to his tenant’s death in the most callous way possible.
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 Think Progress,
“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, let alone charge him for the blood removal.
We pray for the family of Tony Robinson Jr. during this tough time.