MUSC students host 'die in' demonstration to raise awareness of police violence

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Monday, on the Medical University of South Carolina campus, two dozen medical students took part in a "die in" demonstration while holding signs and wearing white medical coats.

These students are part of a an organization called A Stone of Hope.

It's not affiliated with the school but they were on campus having what they call a silent "die-in" demonstration.

Demonstrators laid on the ground, and held signs that said things like "Is my life worth less than yours?" and "Black lives matter."

Organizers tell Live 5, their event mimics others that have been held across the country. They said it's to raise awareness for the victims of police violence, in response to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and deadly choke hold of Eric Garner in New York City.

Organizers said the failure to indict the police officers involved in these two cases is something everyone should be concerned with.

"No matter who it is, whether it's in New York or somebody that you would never interact with on a daily basis, it's the principals at play. It's the respect for human dignity and human life and everyone's right to live," said Lance Braye, second year medical student at MUSC.

Braye said medical students they are obligated to advocate for the health of our communities and they believe these social issues are detrimental to the community's overall health.?

Community members also joined the students in the silent demonstration. It lasted about an hour in front of the library.

The organization, A Stone of Hope, is also hosting a forum to continue the discussion about racism and violence.

It's at noon on March 2nd at the MUSC library.

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