Dozens of people walked out of Yale University at 12:01 p.m. Monday to stand in solidarity with those in Ferguson, who are protesting a grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
Carleh Wilson led a march through downtown New Haven Monday for her brother, who she worries will become a victim of police discrimination.
"We shouldn't have to worry that my brother will be on his way to lunch, and he'll get stopped by police for no reason. My brother is an innocent human being, but he's black, so he's not innocent in the eyes of the law," said Wilson.
She and other students walked from downtown New Haven to city hall, chanting, "Hey hey, ho ho, killer cops have got to go" and carrying signs reading, "Stop racist police brutality."
"It's important that we advocate for reform in our criminal justice system so that everyone is protected equally, but it's also important, that right now, the nation is hurting. People in this community are hurting, and there needs to be healing for us as we continue in the fight," said Yale Divinity School student Allen Reynolds.
But even as the protesters cried out against police, New Haven officers escorted them along the way, shutting down the streets so the march could safely pass through.
"Before this started, I called the police and I said, 'We're going to be rallying. We want to have a peaceful protest. Can you help us?' That's why the police officers are helping. But if I hadn't called, I don't know what it would look like right now," said Wilson.
New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman would only say his department's actions speak for themselves.
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