Waving signs and chanting slogans, a crowd of 40 protestors gathered in the Pit yesterday afternoon to rally against excessive force by the police.
Wearing all black, the demonstrators distributed flyers to passersby decrying what one pamphlet said was "an epidemic of police brutality that continues to intensify" across the country.
They also chanted in unison.
"Whoop whoop/ That's the sound of the police/ Whoop shoop/ That's the sound of the beast," one slogan went.
Protesters cited racial profiling, inhuman punishment against people in police custody, discrimination against urban youths and the death row case of Mumia Abu-Jamal as their reasons for rallying.
"We're doing this for the ghetto youths, " said George, a demonstrator who would only give his first name.
The event was organized by the Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, as a part of National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
There were no police in plain view, and there were no disruptions.
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