at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fall to the ground
after yelling "Hands up! Don't Shoot" during rally
in support of the people of Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, Nov.
25, 2014 in Milwaukee, a day after a grand jury decided not
to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death
of Michael Brown.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students held signs, chanted and
fell to the ground Tuesday to protest a grand jury's decision not
to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, officer who killed a black
student groups and Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen, they
started by standing silently with signs like, "We are Michael
Brown," who was killed in Missouri. They then chanted,
"Hands up! Don't shoot," a refrain that has become a
rallying cry in protests over police killings, before about 50
people fell to the ground in the student union.
After a few
minutes, they got up and people gathered in a circle and vented
their anger over the grand jury's decision. It was a peaceful
protest, although packed with emotion.
"I am not a
target," yelled Lavelle Young, 22, president of the
University of Wisconsin's Black Student Union. "I should not
be a target because I'm black male."
said he didn't expect to get as emotional as he did. "It's
inside of me because it can happen to us one day."
"I look at
Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin as my brothers and it hurts me to see
them gone," Young said.
Martin, a Florida
teenager, was fatally shot by a neighborhood-watch organizer in
Patterson-Ramos, president of the ACLU University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Alliance, speaks at a campus
rally in support of the people of Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday,
Nov. 25, 2014, a day after a grand jury decided not to
indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of
governor ordered more National Guardsmen into Ferguson on Tuesday
to keep order after a night of violence over the grand jury
decision. Buildings and cars were set ablaze and businesses were
looted and damaged.
Celena Allen, an
18-year-old freshman, said she was furious about the grand jury's
decision. She said she wanted to attend the rally for her brother,
who is darker-skinned.
want to worry about my brother," she said. "That is
held signs that read "We are Dontre Hamilton," the black
man killed by a white officer in Milwaukee in April. Supporters
and family members held a rally later Tuesday at the downtown park
where he died. No one was arrested, but a Milwaukee police
sergeant and an officer were injured when some protesters later
tried to enter BMO Harris Bradley Center before the Milwaukee
Bucks game, police spokesman Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said. The officers
have not sought medical attention, Stanmeyer said.
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee rally in support of
the people of Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, a day
after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer
Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Officer Christopher Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton 14 times on
April 30, sparking protests in Milwaukee. Police Chief Edward
Flynn later fired Manney, saying the officer instigated the fight
that led to the shooting. Manney has appealed Flynn's decision.
County District Attorney's office said Tuesday it did not have a
timeline on when he would decide on whether to charge Manney.
In Madison, a
crowd of protesters marched downtown chanting the "Hands up!
Don't shoot," mantra and "No justice, no peace. No
They gathered in
front of the Dane County jail and railed against county officials'
plans to build a new facility, saying the real violence against
blacks in Wisconsin is their disproportionately high incarceration
rate. They then circled the state Capitol square and the
surrounding streets, blocking intersections and slowing rush-hour
standing in the middle of the street," protester Brandi
Grayson said, "because we are dying."
A Madison police
spokesman didn't immediately return messages.
protesters fill Madison streets
Scores of protesters angry over a grand jury's refusal to issue
an indictment in Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri,
and plans for a new Dane County jail are filling downtown
marched from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to the
jail Tuesday afternoon, chanting "Hands up, don't
shoot" and carrying a banner that read "stop racist
police violence." They used Brown's death as a platform to
rail against plans for a new jail, saying too many black men are
of Madison told the crowd that the black community is dying and
the protest isn't an attack but a cry for help.
The crowd left
the jail and marched around the state Capitol square and back
downtown, blocking intersections and slowing rush hour traffic.