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RICHMOND, Va. -- Huddled around their cell phones Monday night, a group of Virginia Commonwealth University students eagerly waited to hear the decision of a Missouri grand jury announced by St . Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

“They determined no probable cause exists to file any charges against Officer Wilson,” McCulloch announced.

The August 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown,  by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, has sparked riots and racial unrest in Ferguson for months.

“Shocking, shocking,” exclaimed one student.  Another VCU student countered, “I’m not surprised, at the same time this keeps happening and happening and happening.”

Other students say they didn’t feel comfortable forming an opinion without knowing all the evidence presented to the grand jury.

By 11 p.m., dozens of students gathered in front of VCU’s library at Schafer Court.  They peacefully carried signs and rallied chants before moving to West Broad Street.

The peaceful rally was a stark contrast to the massive riots and looting that broke out in Ferguson.

Several Richmond-area students said earlier in the evening that they feared the violence would be a natural reaction.

“Unfortunately, there’s going to be a lot of people who aren’t involved in this case, they’re going to get hurt and have property damaged,” said a Randolph Macon student.

In Alphine Jefferson’s history class, several students passionately discussed the case with their professor Monday night.  Jefferson is also the Director for Race Relations at RMC.

“Race is one conversation America has not had,” Jefferson told his class.

Jefferson says despite the controversial nature of the shooting, the case has generated some healthy debate among Americans.

“In some ways, it’s created a community,” Jefferson says.  “Whether you’re for or against, people are sharing ideas with people with whom they would never have conversations.”

In the wake of the August shooting, several campuses held peaceful protests.  Some students say they plan on publically voicing their concerns once again.

“They’ll be a lot of activism behind it,” said one student.  “I’ll definitely be there for it.”

11 comments

  • wiseman

    The world wasn’t surpise. White kill black. It no big deal to the white world but if a black police kill a white boy that police is heading for life in jail.

  • gregory

    shut up,everybody is sick of your race card.you act like a bunch of wild animals,break the law and its the same thing over and over with your poor me junk.Most whites are not buying it anymore.we are sick of your disregard for laws,human life and sick of paying your bills only to have you continue with excuses.More money has gone into trying to help your race then any other yet you continue to show you cannot learn,act and carry yourself like normal people.Its always somebody else fault.Its not you mamas fault for not teaching you,not your dads fault for not being around,its whiteys fault,its old,played out.Burn your town but know you come near mine and you die.

    • marie

      and we are sick of you, racist honkey cracker bytch. you’re the animal! white people break the law over and over. We have a disregard for human life?? aahahahaha. Who, for centuries, beat, spit on, broke a part families, used people as slaves, beat them if they learned, etc??? White people!! Who said, you cant go to school, cant vote, etc? Who hung people with knooses? Who took rights from black people up until 50 years ago!!! Get the f**k outta here GREG with that bulls**t!!! You come to my town and you will die cracker!!!

      • athynz

        Who sold slaves to begin with? Oh yes, Africans. Who was the first slave owner in the US? A black man. Who is rioting in Ferguson? Yeah, you know the answer. But sure it’s all the white man’s fault even though the majority of white people in that time did not own slaves – in fact more than a few of them were indentured servants themselves.

        Having said that this case should have gone further – the grand jury should have indicted Wilson and let this go to trial. A life was lost and at this point we still do not know for sure if it was lost due to Wilson defending himself or not.

      • marie

        cut the bull! whites didn’t own slaves. and blacks were the first slave owners in the u.s.! LOL you’re joking right? if you’re not joking, please give me the source to your outrageous allegation.

  • Timmy__Buttt__Phucked__By__Family__Court

    Jesse Matthew is a victim of racism. He’s a sweet young African American boy But Sheeple, listen to me.

    None of this matters. What matters is that in America, little girls can still grow up, get married, and then make false allegations of abuse. Then they can collect child support, lifetime alimony, and get the mortgage paid for by a man working three jobs to survive. That’s how it works.

    This is every woman’s dream, and let’s make sure it comes true. Afterall, this IS America. God bless the USA.

    • athynz

      “TIMMY__BUTTT__PHUCKED__BY__FAMILY__COURT
      Jesse Matthew is a victim of racism. He’s a sweet young African American boy”

      What does Jesse Matthews have to do with this?

      “But Sheeple, listen to me.”

      Listen to you drone on and on about how your wife left you because you could not satisfy her and you abused her in frustration – which also has nothing to do with this article but do go on Timmay…

      “None of this matters. What matters is that in America, little girls can still grow up, get married, and then make false allegations of abuse. Then they can collect child support, lifetime alimony, and get the mortgage paid for by a man working three jobs to survive.”

      It’s funny how you have time to post and drone on and on about this while working 3 jobs. Get back to work and support your kids Timmay.

      “That’s how it works.”

      Only for losers who abuse their wives. IOW you got exactly what you deserved for what you did.

      “This is every woman’s dream, and let’s make sure it comes true. Afterall, this IS America. God bless the USA.”

      I have a dream too – that Timmay will finally shut his whiny hole and support his kids rather than continue his one man war on women.

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