UT students to stand with Baltimore at rally Saturday

Student Drost Kokoy was making a poster to represent her support for the uprising in Baltimore.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Six police officers in Baltimore now face charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Protests continued Friday night across the city and country.

Related story: Maryland Attorney: Gray’s arrest was illegal, death a homicide

A group of UT students is planning to stand with Baltimore. They made posters Friday and will rally Saturday on UT’s campus to share their message.

Drost Kokoy
Drost Kokoy

Student Drost Kokoy was making a poster to represent her support for the uprising in Baltimore. Kokoye and a few other students are part of a group that’s against police brutality.

“We’re not going to wait until there’s an example, there’s a hashtag, that represents the name of somebody here locally in our community,” said Kokoye.

Kokoye said it’s part of a national day of action and will show that people in Knoxville won’t stand for what happened in Baltimore. The UT group will be holding their signs at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Cumberland Avenue.

They’re hoping that people see and hear their message of “black lives matter.” The students said that because Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide and that six officers are now facing charges that their message is even more important.

“An indictment doesn’t mean a conviction. An indictment doesn’t mean that these officers, that this case is done. It’s a step in the right direction,” said Kokoye.

While the group is hundreds of miles away from where Gray was killed, they said they have a firm stance against police brutality.

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