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Student protests police brutality at Leech Grove

Jasmine Aguilera
Kerry Figueroa, sophomore electrical engineering major, protests against police brutality Friday morning at Leech Grove.

Kerry Figueroa, sophomore electrical engineering major, laid facedown in the grass on Leech Grove Friday morning to protest police brutality. He decided to protest peacefully when he learned that New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted for the death of Eric Garner.

“Being dark-skinned, I feel like this could be me one day,” he said.

He taped a sign to himself that said “I can’t breath,” repeatedly. He also had I sign taped to his backpack with a list of men, women and children who have been killed by police officers.

He arrived at Leech Grove at 9 a.m. and is planning to continue his protests at the same time all of next week. He welcomes anyone who wants to protest with him.

Figueroa said he hasn’t received negative feed back for his protest, and one woman approached him to thank him.

“I mean, my face was down most of the time, but a woman came up to me and talked a bit about how she appreciated what I was doing,” he said. “For me, this isn’t about black and white, this is about justice.”

Jasmine Aguilera may be reached at [email protected].

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Jasmine Aguilera, Editor-in-chief
Jasmine is a senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in anthropology. She began practicing journalism as a high school student when she joined the Tejano Tribune, El Paso Community College’s student newspaper. During her senior year she became the first ever high school student to become editor-in-chief of the Tribune. She moved on to join The Prospector team in the fall of 2011. Jasmine has covered national politics, immigration, poverty, human trafficking, refugees and more in her time holding various editorial positions at The Prospector and as an intern reporter at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and Gannett News Service, both in Washington, D.C. She aspires to become an international reporter and tell stories that do not receive the attention they deserve. Until then, she spends her time following the news and guiding a very talented team in reporting for a student audience and the El Paso community. She also enjoys a good book, art, music and the occasional Netflix binge (House of Cards and Breaking Bad remain her favorite).
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