Students stage “die-in” at ECU to protest racial injustice

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Students at East Carolina University organized a peaceful protest against racial injustice, Monday afternoon.

More than 100 students of various ethnicities and backgrounds staged a “die-in” on the brickyard outside the Mendenhall Student Center.

The student organization “R.E.S.I.S.T.”, which stands for “Relentlessly Ending Social Injustice by Solidarity and Teaching”, coordinated the peaceful protest against police brutality.

Public Relations Officer Brittany Weatherall says the student group supports the “Black Lives Matter” movement and wanted to build on similar protests previously held at UNC-Charlotte.die-in-pic2

“It’s us laying out on the ground in order to show kind of a symbol of black and brown bodies being laid out in the streets due to police brutality,” Weatherall said.

The group voiced their opposition to the recent officer-involved shooting in Charlotte and others across the country. Students also expressed concern about the state’s new police body and dash cam video law that prohibits the release of footage without a judge’s order. Voter registration ahead of this year’s presidential election as well as state and local races was also highly discussed topic.

A member of the ECU Marching Band also gave her support for the protest. This just 2 days after members of the band were met with boos after kneeling during the national anthem before this past Saturday’s football game.


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