Omega Psi Phi Chapter co-hosts police brutality vigil at Texas A&M
Texas A&M students hosted a vigil known as a Tuesday to remember victims of police brutality.
Around 100 people attended the event which was organized by NAACP Chapter at A&M and the Nu Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
“Though there have been a number of incidents, and they may have been months or maybe even years ago, we want to say that we still remember these people, we still remember your names and we always will,” said student Kendal Gallimore.
Local pastors also spoke at the event.
“We’re not only trying to elevate the conversation, but change the conversation, away from anger and frustration about violence and toward hope and reconciliation,” said Pastor Dan De Leon with Friends Congregational Church.
Those at the vigil also say unity stretches beyond the color of one’s skin.
“Regardless of race, religion, we want to show people that we are supportive of these people,” said Gallimore.
There was also another message.
“While we are denouncing violence, we are not denouncing our police officers that we affirm and respect,” said Pastor De Leon.
But when it comes to the big picture, change is what those at the vigil really want.
“If we keep saying these names over and over, hopefully people will step up and realize that people don’t want to stand for this and we want change,” said Gallimore.