Last night The Quad was split in two by a river of quivering lights as candle-bearing students traversed Truman State’s campus as part of a silent vigil for Michael Brown. The Ferguson, Missouri, teen was shot and killed by a police officer Aug. 9, resulting in riots and unrest throughout Ferguson.
Truman’s Amnesty International chapter held the vigil in conjunction with Brown’s funeral this evening, and in light of the fact that the late teen had planned to begin attending Vatterott College today.
At the ceremony’s conclusion, Truman Amnesty chapter officers led students in a reflection of their organization’s message in opposition of police brutality and racial profiling in Ferguson and beyond.
“Amnesty believes that everyone — protesters, residents, police and local officials — hold these human rights — all people have the right to live free from violence and to be safe in their community. All people have the right to peacefully protest. And all people have the right to equality before the law.”
For more information tune into KTRM at 2 p.m. Aug. 26 for an exclusive on-air interview with Amnesty International chapter member Akriti Panthi and full story coverage with TMN TV and the next Index issue this Thursday.