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.
One of those protestors, a former President for Penn State’s Black Student Union group, says the protestors think the call for help for Osaze Osagie could have been handled a lot better.
“At the end of the day, for a black man to die in a situation of which this was known what was going on. It could have been a bit of a sticky situation. At the end of the day, the fact that someone died because of that situation, it should not have happened,” Elliot Bruce, former President for the Black Student Union Group at Penn State, said.