Missouri protest inspires East Texans to take a stance

Missouri protest inspires East Texans to take a stance
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches resident Vincent Cole and six others stood on the corner of West Hospital and Pearl Street Sunday afternoon.

The group of protesters stood just feet away from the Nacogdoches Police Department, while holding signs in their hands that read end police brutality and justice for Michael Brown.

"My goal isn't to start any trouble with the Nacogdoches Police. I just want to get the word out," cole said.

Cole and other were trying to educate East Texans about the death of Michael Brown.Brown was shot and killed last Saturday by a Ferguson police officer. The incident has since sparked protests and racial tensions in the city of Ferguson. Over the last week, things have gotten so bad that the state of Missouri has imposed a curfew. As of now, Brown's death is still being investigated.

Whatever the case may be, it has inspired a group of East Texans to take a stance. Protester Skye Golson said Sunday's protest was peaceful.

"So far a couple of people have stopped by and we have been educating them on the matters that have been going on in Ferguson, and handing them a flyer." Golson said.

Cole said although the incident didn't happen in his backyard, he still wanted to get involved.

"I am just trying to educate people on what's happening," Cole said. Everyone is blind to the fact that the government is taking their rights."

Cole further explained that although he doesn't know Brown personality, he said he can relate to the situation.

Police brutality is everywhere. I was walking down the street and one day was accused of breaking into vehicles." Cole said.

"Our department file racial profiling stats every year and I believe that you can contact the chief any time and obtain those," Mark Hurst, Sgt. with the Nacogdoches Police Department.

When it came to the protest Hurst said they are within their right.

"They are protesting within an expectable manner and in a non violent way," Hurst said.

Cole said that Sunday protest will be one of many, until matters are resolved in Ferguson.

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