VCU students gather to protest Eric Garner’s death by policeman chokehold, following the protest of the failure to indict Darren Wilson.
Past 10 p.m. on a Monday night, a group of about thirty VCU students met in the Student Media Center on Broad Street. Crowding the facility, the students talked of injustice while they used sharpies to scribble messages to the likes of “Black Lives Matter” on cardboard.
On Sunday, August 17, one soft-spoken poet led a group of more than 200 people from Monroe Park to the steps of the John Marshall court building in a rally called “Operation: Injustice (We Stand with Ferguson).”
As Michael Brown’s body turned cold on the pavement in Ferguson, Missouri last week, my “ifs” turned to “whens:” “When I lose a friend to violence,” “When I get pulled over by a police officer,” “When I feel the barrel:” Who will arbitrate justice for me?
Two rallies will take place in the VCU area in response to the death of an unarmed Michael Brown, shot Saturday by an unnamed Ferguson PD officer.