Shut it down for Michael Brown: Thousands of students protest on campus
The fight against police brutality instigated by the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson has reached Houston, and local citizens have banded together to protest through the UH campus.
Starting at 5 p.m. at MacGregor Park, 2,000 protestors marched through Wheeler St. before continuing down Cullen Boulevard, Holman Street, Scott Street and finally Cleburne Street in protest of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson.
“Everyone’s really angry that police authorities are slaughtering our youth with no consequence,” UH alumna Michelle Garcia said.
The protest is being led by founder and pastor of Green House International Church, E.A. Deckard.
They continued on until they were blockaded at 288, Dowling Street and Southmore Boulevard by police cars and riot police on horses.
Chants of “hands up, don’t shoot,” “no justice, no peace” and “shut it down for Michael Brown” are ringing through the streets and cars stopped at intersections have honked in solidarity.
“We came to support the family of Michael Brown and the people that have had their civil rights violated by police brutality,” said Pedro Blandon, a Civil Rights Project employee.
At this time, they are en route back to MacGregor Park. There are approximately 500 protestors still marching and have been marching for over three hours now.
“We can go all night,” said UHD international business student Fyra Arabghani.