Tallahassee, FL – A group of Florida State University (FSU) students seeking to disarm the campus police force held a protest outside the police department on Monday.
One held a sign that read “ALL COPS ARE PUBLIC ENEMIES,” an image photographed by WCTV showed.
The demonstration was held during the first day of now-former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.
“We’re out here for the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd,” FSU Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) protest organizer Catherine Draken told WCTV.
Draken said her group wanted to show their support for Black Lives Matter and for those who claim to have been victimized by law enforcement, WCTV reported.
“We need to show support nationally, even if we’re in Florida and even if the trial is going on someplace else,” FSU student Valentina Beron told WTXL.
The student group previously demanded that the Florida State University Police Department (FSUPD) be stripped of their firearms and their armored police vehicle, according to WCTV.
They said they also want the university to establish a civilian police accountability council, which would be tasked with overseeing the hiring, punishment, and firing of the FSUPD chief and officers, WCTV reported.
The council would be comprised of elected members under the SDS’s plan.
“It has not gotten a response from FSUPD as of yet, but we are going to continue to bring our demands to administration and FSUPD and continue to struggle until we see some sort of change,” Draken declared.
The SDS released a statement about Chauvin’s trial on March 25 and encouraged students to show up for the demonstration.
In the statement, the group alleged that the court attempted to “create an unfair jury” by striking “at least three non-white jurors” during jury selection “in an attempt to prevent Derek Chauvin from being held accountable for his crimes.”
“As the trial carries on we will continue to put pressure on the government to convict Derek Chauvin and lock him away for good,” the SDS said.
Approximately 30 people showed up for the protest outside the FSUPD on Monday, according to WCTV.