Demonstrators protest police shooting in Wisconsin capital

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Demonstrators blocked traffic and chanted as they marched through the streets of Wisconsin's capital city on Wednesday to voice their anger at a prosecutor's decision not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed biracial man.

An estimated 150 to 200 protesters slowly walked from the apartment house where Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson to the Dane County Courthouse, where they began staging a mock trial of the city's police department outside.

The protest, which comes a day after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced that he thinks Kenny's actions were justified, was organized by Young, Gifted and Black, a group that has been leading protests since the March 6 shooting. All of the protests have been peaceful, unlike some of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore following the deaths of young black men in those cities.

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MADISON, WI - MAY 13: Demonstrators organized by the Young Gifted & Black Coalition pass Tony' Robinson's home May 13, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Tony Robinson, 19, was killed March 6th after officer Matt Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 13: Demonstrators organized by the Young Gifted & Black Coalition pass Tony' Robinson's home May 13, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Tony Robinson, 19, was killed March 6th after officer Matt Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 13: Demonstrators organized by the Young Gifted & Black Coalition pass Tony' Robinson's home May 13, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Tony Robinson, 19, was killed March 6th after officer Matt Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 13: Demonstrators organized by the Young Gifted & Black Coalition pass Tony' Robinson's home May 13, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Tony Robinson, 19, was killed March 6th after officer Matt Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Andrea Irwin, the mother of Tony Robinson poses, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Madison, Wis. In an interview, Irwin told the Associated Press that she has doubts about the investigation into the shooting and killing of her son by a Madison police officer Matt Kenny . Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he won't charge Officer Matt Kenny for shooting and killing Tony Robinson. Andrea Irwin says she doesn't think the authorities have released all of the facts regarding her 19-year-old son's death. She disputes Kenny's account of the moments leading up to the shooting. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval reacts to news that Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny will not face charges in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Madison, Wisc. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
A family member holds a picture of Tony Robinson during a protest outside of the City Hall building on March 9, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The protestors were angry about the shooting of the 19-year-old Robinson, who was killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. The demonstrators also marched through the State Capital building during today's protest. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Andrea Irwin (C), the mother of Tony Robinson, marches in the streets with family members and supporters after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of her 19-year-old son Tony on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Demonstrators take to the streets in protest after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Andrea Irwin (L), the mother of Tony Robinson, is comforted as she marches in the streets with demonstrators after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of her 19-year-old son Tony on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 12: Demonstrators take to the streets in protest after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 12: Andrea Irwin (C), the mother of Tony Robinson, listens to a prayer during a protest that followed Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announcement that there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of her 19-year-old son Tony on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 10: Demonstrators protest outside of the City Hall building on March 10, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The demonstrators were angry about the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson who was killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. They were also voicing opposition to the building of a new jail, stating the money would be better spent on social programs to help keep people out of jail. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 10: Demonstrators protest outside of the City Hall building on March 10, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The demonstrators were angry about the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson who was killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. They were also voicing opposition to the building of a new jail, stating the money would be better spent on social programs to help keep people out of jail. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 09: Demonstrators, most of whom are students who walked out of their classrooms today, protest outside of the City Hall building on March 9, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The protestors were angry about the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson who was killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. The demonstrators also marched through the State Capital building during today's protest. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 09: Friends of 19-year-old Tony Robinson walk past a chalked memorial etched on the street outside the home where he was killed on March 9, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was shot and killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. Robinson's death has sparked protests in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 09: Tony Robinson (L) and Andrea Irwin (C), the parents of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, comfort each other outside the home where their son was killed on March 9, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The young Robinson was shot and killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. Robinson's death has sparked protests in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 09: Demonstrators, most of whom are students who walked out of their classrooms, protest outside of the City Hall building on March 9, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The protestors were angry about the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who was black, by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. The demonstrators also marched through the State Capital building during today's protest. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 09: Tony Robinson (L) and Andrea Irwin, the parents of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, comfort each other outside the home where their son was killed on March 9, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The young Robinson was shot and killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. Robinson's death has sparked protests in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval reacts to news that Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny will not face charges in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Madison, Wisc. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
Demonstrators protest the shooting of Tony Robinson outside of the state Capitol Monday, March 9, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Robinson, 19, was fatally shot Friday night by a police officer who forced his way into an apartment after hearing a disturbance while responding to a call. Police say Robinson had attacked the officer. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Ajanae Dawkins reads her poem during a protest of the the shooting of Tony Robinson outside the state Capitol Monday, March 9, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Robinson, 19, was fatally shot Friday night by a police officer who forced his way into an apartment after hearing a disturbance while responding to a call. Police say Robinson had attacked the officer. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
MADISON, WI - MAY 12: Demonstrators take to the streets in protest after Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 12: Andrea Irwin (L), the mother of Tony Robinson, listens to speakers during a protest that followed Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announcement that there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of her 19-year-old son Tony on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 12: Adrea Irwin, mother of Tony Robinson fights back tears at a press conference held by the Tony's family near where he was shot following the Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's announcement of no charges for Officer Matt Kenny in Robinson's death on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MADISON, WI - MAY 12: Demonstrators listen to a prayer during a protest that followed Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announcement that there would be no charges filed against Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of her 19-year-old son Tony on May 12, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was killed March 6th after Kenny responded to a several calls claiming Robinson was acting disorderly and violent. Kenny claims he was assaulted by Robinson and shot him in self defense. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A makeshift memorial appears on display, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Madison, Wis., in remembrance of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who was fatally shot by Madison police Officer Matt Kenny on March 6. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows Tony Robinson. Robinson, an unarmed black 19-year-old, was fatally shot Friday, by Matt Kenny, a white police officer, the Madison police chief said Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Department of Corrections)
Part of a makeshift memorial, foreground, lies by a hallway, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the apartment in Madison, Wis., where Madison police Officer Matt Kenny shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson on March 6. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
People protest Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Madison, Wis., following the death of Tony Robinson. Robinson, a 19-year-old black man, died Friday night after being shot by a police officer in an apartment during a confrontation. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
People march Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Madison, Wis., following the shooting death of Tony Robinson. Robinson, a 19-year-old black man, died Friday night after being shot by a police officer in an apartment during a confrontation. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
This undated photo provided by the Madison Wisconsin Police Department shows Officer Matt Kenny. Tony Robinson, an unarmed black 19-year-old, was fatally shot Friday by Kenny, the Madison police chief said Saturday, March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Madison Police Department)
MADISON, WI - MARCH 10: A visitor looks over a memorial outside the home where 19-year-old Tony Robinson was shot and killed on March 10, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson was shot by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny during a confrontation on March 6. His death has sparked several days of peaceful protests in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin warned protesters Wednesday that anyone who broke the law would be arrested.

Police blocked off intersections and redirected traffic as the protesters marched through the streets, as volunteers from several community groups, including 100 Black Men and the Urban League, looked on. The volunteers said they were there to advise any protesters who looked like they might be considering breaking the law to think twice.

YGB leaders said whatever happened would depend on the police, and that they hoped officers wouldn't act violently toward the demonstrators. Alix Shabazz implored her fellow protesters not to interact with the police.

"They are not your friend," Shabazz told the crowd. "There is nothing positive that is going to come from that (interaction)."

Ozanne, who is biracial but who identifies as black, is Wisconsin's first minority district attorney. He pointed out his racial heritage as he made the announcement, saying he views Robinson's death through that lens but made his decision based on the facts.

"I am concerned that recent violence around our nation is giving some in our community a justification for fear, hatred and violence," Ozanne said Tuesday. "I am reminded that true and lasting change does not come from violence but from exercising our voices and our votes."

Police Chief Mike Koval said that he was "hoping for a different sort of outcome in our community in the days to come" than the unrest experienced elsewhere.

"I'm confident those outcomes can be more constructive," he said.

According to witness accounts released by the state Department of Justice, Robinson was tripping on mushrooms at a friend's apartment on the night he was killed and got violent. He tried to grab one friend's crotch and took a swing at another friend. He later went outside and punched a man on the sidewalk, strangled another man at a gas station across the street, ran in and out of traffic and took a swing at a couple before going back inside.

Kenny responded to 911 calls and found the apartment house door open. He heard what he believed to be a disturbance in the upstairs apartment and thought someone was being attacked, he told investigators.

He drew his firearm and began to climb the stairs. He was near the top when he announced himself as a police officer. Robinson appeared and punched him in the head, he said.

Kenny said he was worried Robinson would knock him down the stairs, take his gun, shoot him and then kill whoever was in the apartment so he opened fire, hitting Robinson seven times. Kenny told the DOJ agent he couldn't use nonlethal force because of "space and time considerations."

Another officer arrived and checked the apartment only to find it empty.

"Stay with me. Stay with me," Kenny said he told Robinson before paramedics arrived. As other officers led Kenny away, a responding firefighter told investigators she heard him swearing to himself over and over.

Ozanne said toxicology reports confirmed Robinson had taken mushrooms, smoked marijuana and taken Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.

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