BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Demanding justice across the country. Protests continue following two grand jury decision to indict white police officers after the death of two unarmed black men. Rick Ritter reports on how Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is getting involved.
Their protest wasn’t disruptive like some seen in recent days. The medical school was just one of 50 nationwide calling for chance.
It’s become the norm across the country. In some cases, it’s outrage. For Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students, it’s silence.
It’s one of dozens of die-ins among medical schools nationwide, with students laying on the ground for 4.5 minutes.
“That 4.5 minutes is representative to the 4.5 hours Mike Brown spend dead on the ground,” one student said.
Their demonstration follows fallout in Ferguson where a white officer was cleared of charges after shooting and killing unarmed Michael Brown.
One week later, a grand jury decided not to indict a New York police officer involved in the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner.
“I don’t think this is just relevant to these two individuals that’s why it’s important to act now,” protestor, Julia Ramos said.
Both, sparking a call for change.
“The people who experience this on a regular basis in a way I’ll never be able to understand,” protestor, Tania Haag said.
The protests extend well beyond the streets. Even some of the world’s best athletes are joining in on demonstrations against police violence. In St. Louis, NFL players walked out with hands up, don’t shot. In the NBA, several players sport “I can’t breathe” shirts. All of this is part of a nationwide outcry with no end in sight.
“We’ll be out here in these streets until justice is served,” a protestor said.
Some of the same students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will head to Washington, D.C. on Saturday to join in on another protest against police brutality.
Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are just a few other cities that participated in today’s protests.
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