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“From this country’s beginning, society has determined that Black citizens need to be controlled and white citizens need to be protected.”
Roughly a week after the Amherst College Police Department said it would not cede to student demands to disarm, students walked out of class to demand the department’s abolition … and to protest the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.
“Hundreds of students,” all donned in black, joined the protest. The event was organized by the Black Student Union, The Amherst Student reports.
Wright allegedly was shot dead when, after resisting arrest and attempting to flee in his car, a police officer used her gun instead of her taser. In audio of the encounter, the officer in question can be heard yelling “Taser! Taser! Taser!” but then exclaims “Holy sh**! I shot him!” upon realizing she had used her gun.
Black Student Union (BSU) President Ayodele Lewis told walkout participants “We can’t be expected to attend class any longer as our brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the streets by designated state violence across the country, across the globe.” (During the virtual town hall at which the campus police refused to disarm, Lewis questioned whether there’s any difference for students of color between police officers and so-called Community Service Officers … as she had once been “approached aggressively” by the latter.)
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