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One took place on the campus of CMU today.
A crowd of more than 70 students gathered to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson. Students held signs and chanted things like , “Hands up, don’t shoot!”.
Kim Raymond, a senior at CMU, attended the protest.
She said, “I think it’s sad but seeing all the violent protests in Ferguson I think that’s even sadder. I feel like they should practice non-violence like Martin Luther King did and not light things on fire or hurt people.”
CMU Senior Hannah Mollett helped organize the protest.
She said she’d like to see a couple of changes in society.
“I think one is underlying racist culture. I think that the exponential amount of young black boys and men that are killed by police in this country is absolutely disgusting. I also think that relates back to violence and gun violence in our culture, the police misuse of power, so I think it’s kind of a combination of factors.”
Another protest also took place in front the University Center on campus later in the afternoon.
The family of Michael Brown and President Obama have called for protests to be peaceful in the wake of the verdict.