Following Wednesday’s press conference on Centre County District Attorney, Bernie Cantorna’s decision not to press charges on the police officer who shot and killed Osaze Osagie, planned protests started around Centre County.
A protest by the group, #WeAreNot, started just before 2PM. A man with the group parked a car on West College Avenue in State College, blocking traffic. Protestors set up traffic cones at the crosswalks on West College Avenue and South Allen Street.
A man took the traffic cones, threw them onto the sidewalk and started to push a protestor repeatedly. People watching from the sidewalk shouted, “You’re assaulting him, don’t assault him.”
About a dozen people protested, holding up signs, that said, “Black Lives Matter”, “Justice for Osaze”, “No Justice No Peace”. Once traffic started to back up, State College police blocked off traffic at Pugh Street, creating a detour.
Protesters say they want justice for the Osagie family and to make sure similar shootings don’t happen again.
“OK, people have a right to protest. I don’t suggest anyone go and aggravate protesters.”
There was another protest organized by march against violence at the Allen Street Gate.
“A request from the family for our son to be taken to the hospital is not a request for him to be put in a early grave,” Iyunolu Osagie, said.
They want community oversight of the investigation, complete transparency of the event along with funds and resources provided to the osagie family for grief counseling and support.