More than 200 Stanford University students and members of the Palo Alto community gathered today at noon at Cogswell Plaza to protest a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal August shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to a university press release.
The Stanford group and community members took part in the peaceful protest in downtown Palo Alto to express solidarity and bring awareness to Stanford, Palo Alto and the larger region, according to the release.
Protesters gathered at the intersection of University and Emerson avenues near Lytton Plaza where traffic was blocked off, and continued to City Hall for a rally.
"Even if Darren Wilson had been indicted we were aware that this would not have meant justice being served, so we planned this action according to that," said Tianay Pulphus, a St. Louis resident and president of Stanford NAACP, in the press release.
Palo Alto police guided the large group of protesters down Palo Alto streets, and redirected traffic to keep the rally safe for everyone.
The police department tweeted, "We share a commitment with the event organizer for a safe & peaceful demonstration. We are on hand to ensure the safety of all."
Sonya Clark-Herrera, co-founder of the East Palo Alto-based Mural Music & Arts Project, said "the policies of racial and economic injustice have left youth from certain neighborhoods disenfranchised and under resourced."
"Today we find these youth suffering from secondary trauma and violence, and enduring racial profiling and harassment," Clark-Herrera said in the press release. "It is imperative that we amplify our collective sadness and reflect upon the crushing inequities prevalent in this great nation through peaceful protest this afternoon."
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