COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In the face of recent police involved shootings of unarmed minorities as well as unprovoked brutal attacks on police officers around the country, many are calling for an end to the violence.
On Tuesday night, a group of students at Columbus State University held a forum to drive home the point that "All Lives Matter."
Officers from the Columbus police force as well as CSU participated in the panel discussion. There was role playing and skits all designed to help students and others in attendance understand the best way to respond if they're pulled over by police to help prevent a situation from escalating.
"We just wanted to make sure that our CSU students know that when they're approached by CSU police or any other police, that they know their rights, the laws and the guidelines. And what they have to do and what they need to do to comply to get out of a situation safely," said Justin McCain with CSU Collegiate 100, which sponsored the event.
Discussions like these are being had all around the country in light of recent police involved shootings and attacks on police officers. The death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri led to the birth of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
However, organizers of the CSU event said these issues are affecting not just black lives but all lives.
"When I came up with the event of All Lives Matter I thought well, black lives matter a lot to me, I love my people but at the end of the day we have to be realistic about situations. Anything could happen to anyone at anytime," said CSU Collegiate 100 President Brandon Todd.
Participants at the forum were told it's not just important to get respect, it's important to give it as well. The Collegiate 100 says part of their mission is to create awareness about the positive contributions of young African American men.