LSU community gathers for Michael Brown vigil
BATON ROUGE - The LSU community gathered Tuesday evening for a peaceful vigil and protest regarding a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer who shot a black teen in Ferguson, MO.
About 200 people chanted, "we are tired." They said they have had enough of the tragedies that bring them together to remember lives lost.
"What am I supposed to do? I got text messages from people last night telling me to 'be safe.' Explain to me how," said one speaker wearing a 'don't shoot' sweatshirt.
Speakers told the crowd about their frustrations between the black community and law enforcement.
"Let me be angry. Let me be," the man said. "I don't want to be a king. I don't want to be a thug. I want to be human."
A list of 61 names were read aloud, including Michael Brown. Each name was a person who had lost their life to violence. The group is trying to find ways to come together by starting small on LSU's campus.
"A lot of anger, a lot of feelings people are feeling," said Bradley Williams. "I feel through time, we'll see how Ferguson heals, as well as our nation heals."
The LSU community hopes to gather once a month to talk peacefully about change within the community.