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Protests at Southeast Missouri State University

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    The nation awaits as the grand jury decides whether a white police officer will be charged in the deadly shooting of a unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. 
    The nation awaits as the grand jury decides whether a white police officer will be charged in the deadly shooting of a unarmed 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - About 50 people gathered on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Mostly students, the crowd congregated outside Kent Library peacefully protesting what they are they calling an injustice.

Many held signs showing support for Michael Brown and his family and chant phrases such as "no justice, no peace" and "we are Michael Brown."

"People were still angry and people were still upset. So instead of focusing their anger and doing violent actions, I wanted to put it into this protest here and have it peacefully," said organizer and SEMO student Kimisha Robinson.

Robinson, a Ferguson native, says she was heartbroken to see the images of her hometown burning and destroyed by looters and rioters, Monday.

She hoped today's protest would serve as an outlet for those locally to vent frustrations.

"I understand none of the violence had to take place because I have to go home to that, my family lives in that area. I want to go home and I want to clean that up," Robinson said. "But I want to make sure I leave a mark and I leave a platform for these people to handle the situation they arise."

When asked if she thought the outrage after the Grand Jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson was fueled by racial differences, Robinson said yes, in her heart she thought it was.

However, as someone who grew up there she said it more so came down to police mistreating people of all races.

Robinson said that is something she thinks could be improved in her home town and just about everywhere else.

The group held signs that said "Black Lives Batter #RipMikeBrown," "We are Mike Brown," and "Pray for StL."

They chanted "We are Mike Brown" and "No justice, No peace."

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