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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 4:50 p.m.

Police arrested more than two dozen people in Wisconsin's capital during a protest over a prosecutor's decision not to charge a white police officer for killing an unarmed biracial man.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says police cited at least 25 people for obstructing an intersection near the state Capitol building on Wednesday afternoon. Almost all were released with a $124 misdemeanor fine.

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The latest in Madison: At least 25 arrested during protest
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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The protesters are upset with the Dane County District Attorney's decision not to charge Madison Officer Matt Kenny for shooting Tony Robinson in March. They blocked the street and shouted insults at arresting officers.

Kenny said he feared Robinson would take his gun after attacking the officer. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said he felt Kenny's actions were justified.

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3:30 p.m.

Police in the Wisconsin capital have begun arresting protesters angry about a prosecutor's decision not to charge a white police officer for shooting an unarmed biracial man.

Officers converged on about 20 protesters who refused to leave an intersection near the Capitol building on Wednesday. The protesters linked arms as they were detained, and some of them cried. Some onlookers shouted insults, including racial epithets, at the officers.

The 20 were among an estimated 150 to 200 demonstrators who marched peacefully through the streets earlier Wednesday and staged a mock trial for Officer Matt Kenny in the March 6 killing of Tony Robinson.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he felt Kenny's actions were justified and charges weren't warranted.

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2:15 p.m.

The mother of an unarmed biracial man who was killed by a white Madison police officer in March is questioning the official investigation of the incident.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he won't charge Officer Matt Kenny for shooting and killing Tony Robinson. The announcement triggered new protests Tuesday and Wednesday from those who want Kenny to stand trial.

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.

Kenny told investigators that Robinson hit him in the head and he feared Robinson would take his gun. Irwin says there's no way Kenny's story could have played out in such a short amount of time.

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1:15 p.m.

People angry about a prosecutor's decision not to charge a white Madison police officer for killing an unarmed biracial man have conducted a mock trial of the officer in protest.

About 150 to 200 protesters marched through the streets of Wisconsin's capital city on Wednesday before gathering outside of the Dane County Courthouse to stage the fake trial.

The crowd cheered when actors said they would charge Officer Matt Kenny in the March killing of 19-year-old Tony Robinson. Members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, which has led protests since the killing, said the demonstration was intended to represent the processes they wished Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had used.

Ozanne said Tuesday that he believes Kenny's actions were justified and didn't warrant charges.

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11:50 a.m.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says any protesters who break the law should expect to be arrested.

Scores of people are marching through the city to protest a prosecutor's decision not to charge Madison police Officer Matt Kenny for shooting and killing an unarmed biracial man in March. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he believes the shooting was justified.

Soglin says the city will provide "the greatest latitude" for anyone expressing their beliefs. But he says police won't tolerate illegal acts such as the blocking of ambulances. He also urged protesters not to interfere with the arrests of others.

The mayor acknowledged that many community members are unhappy about Ozanne's decision, but he said there are many who support it.

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11:30 a.m.

Hundreds of protesters are blocking a downtown Madison intersection as they rally against a prosecutor's decision not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed biracial man.

The crowd blocked the intersection for about five minutes Wednesday morning during a march to the Dane County Courthouse, where they plan to stage a street trial of the city's police department. The demonstration's leaders say they need to put their bodies on the line to show the public that black lives matter.

Officer Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house on March 6. According to investigative reports, Robinson was high on mushrooms and punched Kenny in the head.

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9:39 a.m.

Scores of protesters have gathered outside of an apartment house where a white Wisconsin police officer shot and killed an unarmed biracial man in March.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he wouldn't charge Madison Officer Matt Kenny in 19-year-old Tony Robinson's death because he believes the shooting was justified.

About 100 demonstrators had gathered by 9:30 a.m. and were shouting protest slogans, including "No justice, no peace, no racist police."

They plan to march downtown and conduct a street trial of the Madison Police Department. Volunteers from community groups such as 100 Black Men and the Urban League are watching the protesters and plan to advise anyone who appears to be on the verge of committing a crime to think twice.

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9 a.m.

Protesters are gathering outside an apartment house where a white Wisconsin police officer shot and killed an unarmed biracial man in March.

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition is asking people to leave work and school Wednesday and join them on a march from the apartment house to downtown Madison, where they plan to set up a street court to try the Madison Police Department themselves.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he wouldn't charge Officer Matt Kenny in Tony Robinson's death because he believes the shooting was justified.

About a dozen people had gathered at the apartment house as of 9 a.m. with wagons loaded with coffee and water bottles.

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1 a.m.

An activist group that has led several demonstrations over the police shooting of an unarmed man in Madison is calling for a widespread walkout.

Young, Gifted and Black is calling the effort Black Out Wednesday. They say it recognizes the death in March of Tony Robinson Jr., as well as struggles such as poverty and mass incarceration that blacks face in America.

The group is staging its effort one day after a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to charge a white police officer in the death of Robinson, who was biracial. The prosecutor said the officer used lawful deadly force after he was punched in the head by Robinson and feared for his life.

Some 300 people staged a peaceful march Tuesday from the apartment building where Robinson was shot to the Capitol.

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