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(NEWSER)– Madison, Wisconsin, saw peaceful protests yesterday in the wake of the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson by a police officer, with both Robinson's family and police urging non-violent demonstrations and the police chief vowing to "defend, facilitate, foster those First Amendment rights of assembly and freedom of speech."

Robinson "was unarmed," says chief Mike Koval. "That's going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept." The police response marks what the AP calls a "stark contrast" to Ferguson. "Our community has many questions, questions that I share. There will be answers," said Madison's mayor. "When the answers come, we will be open and transparent in communicating them." A 2014 state law mandates such cases be investigated by an outside agency, notes the AP.

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