ST. CLOUD - Carrying signs that read "Love Not Hate" and "United In Peace" about 40 students rallied this (Tuesday) evening at St. Cloud State University. They were demonstrating against the grand jury's decision on Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown back in August in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ben Bourgoin is the President of the group "Social Responsibility Student Organization" at SCSU.  He says he wanted the event to be open to people with various opinions on the issue.

Bourgoin called the event an opportunity to teach the campus community about racial issues, police issues, and power struggles.

Besides the signs, chanting and speakers, the event on Tuesday also included an education session inside the Atwood Memorial Center.

Bourgoin says, while they don't agree with the grand jury's decision to no indict police officer Darren Wilson, they also don't condone the looting and violence that has happened since the announcement.

The Associated Press report on the rally in Minneapolis:
A rally at the University of Minnesota over events in Ferguson, Missouri, is unfolding peacefully.

Several hundred people have gathered on the steps of Coffman Union to show solidarity with Michael Brown, the young man black man shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in August. Violence erupted Monday night in Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

The demonstrators sat down for 4  1/2 minutes of silence to mark the 4  1/2 hours that Brown's body reportedly lay in the street after he was shot. Some carried signs that read, "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace."

Nivedita Sriram, an 18-year-old freshman, said the lack of indictment shows the justice system is broken.

Other rallies were planned elsewhere in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.

SCSU Rally, Photo by's Jim Maurice
SCSU Rally, Photo by's Jim Maurice

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