Huston-Tillotson rally held for black men killed in Oklahoma, N. Carolina

Vigil held for Terence Crutcher, Keith Scott and Evans Ekiye at Huston-Tillotson University. Sept. 22, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
Vigil held for Terence Crutcher, Keith Scott and Evans Ekiye at Huston-Tillotson University. Sept. 22, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A rally was held Thursday night at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin for two black men killed in Oklahoma and North Carolina, sparking protests.

Dozens showed up to speak out against police brutality at the event organized by students on campus.

“[It’s] heart-wrenching to see someone killed in cold blood. It’s not right to kill anybody — to kill any person, any individual that’s unarmed, has their hands up or is surrendering,” student Jaylin Turner said. “It just hurts my heart for those families and seeing my brothers and sisters lying in the street.”

Thursday, prosecutors in Tulsa charged a white police officer who fatally shot Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Crutcher, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot. 

Dashcam and aerial footage of the shooting and its aftermath showed Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air, the Associated Press reported.

In North Carolina, the governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard following nights of violent protests. Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed Tuesday evening by a black officer.

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