Auburn University students join peaceful protests

Auburn University students join peaceful protests

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets of New York City on Friday, Dec. 5 in a third day of demonstrations in the wake of recent deaths of civilians at the hands of police.

Protesters in New York issued some demands: they want city officials to fire all of the officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Protests are also going on in Washington, Miami, Cleveland, Chicago and other cities around the country.

A peaceful protest also took place on the campus of Auburn University on Friday.

With their arms raised, chanting "hands up, don't shoot," nearly 200 Auburn University students took to the Haley Center concourse around noon Friday to speak out against the decisions not to indict officers involved death of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

"We rallied as many students who were interested in supporting those also trying to reduce the amount of oppression and social injustices that people experience," said graduate student leader India Napier. "We wanted to gather all those people together to make a statement that we are all together as one and when one hurts we all hurt."

Protesters laid on the ground for four-and-a-half minutes to represent the four-and-a-half hours Michael Brown laid in the street in Ferguson,  Missouri after he was shot by Officer Darren Wilson.

"We laid there to show that this could be anyone of us and it's not right that someone had to experience that."

Auburn University say the group applied for a permit to protest on campus. Officials wanted to help students exercise their right in a peaceful and safe way.

Students held signs against police brutality, some reading "I can't breathe," referring to chokehold that killed Eric Garner.

Even though the campus at AU has quieted down, students we spoke with fully support their peers and rally behind them exercising their right.

Napier says after the four-and-a-half minutes, students gathered to listen to closing remarks. They hope to keep the momentum for this cause up as they separate for the Christmas break.

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