Protest marches spread across the country today.
And police were called to several of those.
Here in La Crosse.
the protest march was peaceful.
News 8's Kyle Dimke was there.
and joins us now with that story.
Shortly after last night's grand jury decision.
students at U-W-L made their own decision.
To march in protest and stand in solidarity with those
in Ferguson Missouri.
upset and outraged by the no indictment verdict.
NATS: No justice.
Shaundel Spivey is a grad student at UW-L.
and the advisor to the campus group Black Student
The group organizing this march.
Shaudel: 1- we didn't hear about it in La Crosse,
nobody was talking about it, everybody was just kind
of sweaping it under the rug and a lot of students
and a lot of people in this city are affected by this
Students of all races.
joined Shaundel in a march through La Crosse.
NATS: Hands up.
Heading toward to La Crosse Police Department.
Shaundel: 3- we want to make sure that the La Crosse
Police Department know and recognizes that we see
them, we're watching.
We want to see what do you have in place to ensure
that what happened in Ferguson and all these other
city's, Milwaukee and so on and so forth, doesn't
One of the 50 or so people marching is UW-L Sophomore
Pierce: 1- I feel like it's an issue of solidarity
because this could happen to anybody.
Obviously it happens a little bit more to people of
color due to the history they've had, but I feel like
it's important for people to stand up against any
NAT: What do we want? Justice! When do we want it?
The La Crosse Police Department was asked to speak
to the crowd.
And Captain Robert Lawrence says he is proud of this
group for exercising their constitutional rights.
Cpt.: 5- For them to gather here, and it's a peaceful
event, is exactly what this country is about.
It's about being able to speak your peace and about
being able to say what's on your mind and these individuals
boldly spoke that.
Shaundel: 6- we know that there's people out there
hurting, we know there's people out there that are
affected, we know there's people out there that want
to see change in this community and it's time to speak
In La Crosse KD N8
Shaundel says there is a growing population of black
and hmong in the La Crosse area.
He says now is good time
to work with the police department.
to begin making a change so something like this doesn't
happen in the future.
Keep Calm and Know Your Rights.
Captain Lawrence is planning to give a presentation
on the use of force and deadly force decision making
to the students at next semester's program.