By ALEJANDRA MOLINA / STAFF WRITER
More than two dozen gathered in front of UC Riverside's Rivera Library on Thursday, April 21, to protest police killings across the nation.
"We are trying to rid UC Riverside's apathy toward activism and the issue of police brutality," said Alexander Wilson, Jr., a third-year UCR student.
More than a handful of students linked arms and formed a human chain to block the main entrance of the library.
They held signs with the photo of Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by police in Cleveland, and shouted, "Racist cops have got to go!"
The demonstration, which was also held to combat Islamophobia, was part of a campus student day of action to protest police brutality, Wilson said. The action was initiated by students of San Francisco State University, Wilson added.
At one point, middle school-aged youth joined the demonstration. Wilson said it appears they were part of a group touring the university.
The demonstration at UCR was organized by a coalition of students, some who are part of the Black Student Union.