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Update: UMES NAACP Chapter Protests Ferguson Outcome

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- A student-led civil rights organization at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a "UMES Blackout" on Tuesday to protest the outcome of  a grand jury's decision to avoid charges against a police officer who killed unarmed teenager, Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Michael Taylor, a recent graduate of UMES and now a teacher there, said he felt it was important to not just speak out but to also show action by taking part in a demonstration like this. "There are wrongs on many sides but this is a continued frustration of white male cops with power and authority taking the life of a young black male," Taylor says.

The university's NAACP chapter planned the event, which started at 7 p.m. inside the Student Services Center. The president of the student chapter, Kianna Harris spoke briefly as did a number of other speakers. The demonstrators then marched through campus voicing their frustration and showing their support for the Brown family.

The group has been vocal about its disappointment with the Ferguson decision. In a Facebook post, the organization said it's "filled with frustration, disbelief and anger over this decision that the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man with his hands in the air remain free!"

Demonstrators chanted "I am Michael Brown! I am Michael Brown!"

Aaron Sadberry, a Salisbury resident, says he took part in Tuesday night's rally because he wants to see change. "We have to unite first before we make change," says Sadberry. "If we stay divided we are not going to do anything so we all need to come together. Black, white, hispanic, everybody. I'm trying to preach unity."

The demonstration was peaceful, and passionate. There was no violence nor were there any incidents.
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