College students around the country are driving a massive “Hands Up, Walk Out” protest, echoing the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” slogan that has been used since Michael Brown’s death in August.
According to the Ferguson Action website, today’s protest is a reaction to senseless police killings that have happened recently throughout the U.S. The group points to two recent incidents in particular: Last week, Akai Gurley was (possibly accidentally) killed by a police officer in the stairwell of his apartment building in New York City. Just days after, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing by himself with a toy gun when he was fatally shot by a police officer. Per Ferguson Action, national action is needed to respond to what is clearly a national problem.
And “Hands Up, Walk Out,” protests are indeed happening across the country.
IN NEW YORK CITY:
AT BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY:
AT A HIGH SCHOOL IN BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS:
AT UMASS AMHERST:
AT WHEATON COLLEGE:
AT TEXAS A&M:
AT A HIGH SCHOOL IN MINNESOTA:
AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS:
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS:
IN WASHINGTON, DC:
Danielle Wiener-Bronner is a news reporter.