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DSU Students Gather for Discussion after Baltimore Riots, Media Kept Far Away


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A gathering was held Tuesday morning at Delaware State University in Dover. Students met at "The Circle" in the center of campus.

"I have family back who is there just as innocent bystanders," said Anthony Wilkes, a freshman at DSU. "What's going on is not too far from them."

WBOC learned about the event via twitter.

"This just was a big discussion, information session to let everyone know what's really going on in Baltimore," Wilkes said.

There was a significant police presence at the event. But WBOC was only able to observe and shoot video for a couple minutes. Shortly after our arrival at around 11 AM, the Chief of Delaware State University police told us we couldn't be there and had to move.

He pushed us all the way back to the Martin Luther King JR. Student Center, which was about three football fields from where the event was happening.

University officials say we were asked to move for safety reasons. This event did not have prior authorization from the school, and they say nobody was sure how it would play out.

From far away the event seemed calm and peaceful. People who were there confirmed that.

"This was just real peaceful. It was nothing but us talking," Wilkes said.

"It was very calm. It was peaceful," said Julian Smith, a DSU sophomore. "We want to show that black people can come together - and not just black, it could be united. We can come together and stand for something peaceful."

Wilkes feels the event was helpful, but the police presence was excessive.

"I really felt like it was unnecessary. All it was was just us coming together to talk."

Non-pre-approved events have gotten out of hand at DSU before. One back in 2012 ended with a professor being arrested though charges against him were eventually dropped.

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