ALLENDALE, Mich (WOOD) - Grand Valley State University students held two protests on theAllendale campus Friday to express their outrage over anofficer-involved shooting of a classmate.
"We demand to know what went on and why our friend is in thehospital," GVSU student Fermin Valle told 24 Hour News 8.
Students gathered in a "free speech" area of campus to voicetheir concerns. They shouted phrases like "Marijuana or not, ourfriend was unjustly shot." And "Smoke pot, get shot."
Some students didn't get involved in the protest but came towatch. They said they are waiting for more information to maketheir judgment.
"We don't know if he might have reached in his pocket or whathappened. So, just because he wasn't armed doesn't mean he didn'tdo something to make them fire a shot," Eric Snook said.
Among the protesters' demands is a statement from GVSU.
"We're like they are," said Mary Eileen Lyon, a GVSUspokesperson. "We need to wait and get the results from theMichigan State Police. This is not our police investigation. It didhappen off campus. We have complete concern for all of ourstudents."
State police said their investigation continues. The officerthat fired the gunshot has been with the department for 12 yearsand is currently on paid administrative leave.
Students say they will continue to voice their demands foranswers and will protest at the Ottawa County Sheriff's Departmentat noon on March 16.
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