Plenty of media showed up to cover the protest march (but not a lot of protesters)
Under a picture perfect blue sky with weather warmer than we've seen for many months, about 100 UMass students and a gaggle of media showed up for the rally to protest "police brutality" at Saturday's Blarney Blowout.
Marching past ye old Chapel
Even though 332 signed up on the Facebook event page saying they were going to attend.
Closing in on Whitmore
The protest march kicked off around the advertised 12:30 PM start time, and snaked towards Whitmore at a relatively brisk pace, all the while the crowd chanted "Hey-hey, ho-ho, police brutality has got to go." Or something like that.
Chancellor Subbaswamy and John Kennedy, VC for University Relations, had wisely opted to be out of town today, so Associate Chancellor Susan Pearson was drafted to hear the demands of the group.
Their first demand was a public apology from the Amherst Police Department for use of pepper ball guns that delivered OC ("oleoresin capsicum") gas into the unruly crowds when they failed to heed the order to disperse and started throwing objects at police and each other.
The second demand was to meet with the Chancellor. One of the statements that received a big round of applause was, "The University should be defending students in the media not criticizing them."
Ms. Pearson accepted their demands, sort of, and said she would relay them to Chancellor Subbaswamy when he returns to campus. Satisfied, the group then disbanded.
All done by 1:15 PM, or around 45 minutes total. Unlike the Blarney Blowout -- that started in the early morning and went late into the night on Saturday.