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    The city police in Madison, Wisconsin, are preparing for the potential protests as a district attorney is expected to announce whether US police officer will face charges in the black teenager’s death.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Sunday, Dane County District Attorney Ismael R. Ozanne gave 48 hours’ notice on his decision on the March 7 incident, when white Madison police officer Matt Kenny shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson after being assaulted by him.

    “It is quite possible that there will be civil dissent, and the men and women of the MPD will — as they have done in the past — help facilitate the safe movement of people should they decide to exercise First Amendment rights,” the Madison police said Sunday in a statement.

    The police stressed that they have been preparing for the announcement for several weeks.

    “It is our hope — that working together — Madison can come through these challenging days ahead without violence or property damage,” the police added.

    Following the March 7 incident, as many as 1,500 people took to the streets and demanded arrest of the officer who shot Robinson.

    Police brutality and racial profiling continues to be a major concern in the United States.

    Numerous black men were killed by police in recent months, triggering waves of protests nationwide.

    The latest demonstrations engulfed the country in recent weeks, after African-American Freddie Gray died of severe spinal injuries he allegedly received while in police custody late April.

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