Indy group goes to Ferguson to show support

Indianapolis residents provide supplies to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri (Photo by Kila Hayes)
Indianapolis residents provide supplies to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri (Photo by Kila Hayes)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The unrest in Ferguson has sparked a nationwide debate. For some, just taking part on social media or in their hometown isn’t enough.

Ten Indianapolis residents took a road trip Saturday morning to Ferguson, Missouri. They said their goal is to bring supplies and sympathy to those protesting there. They say the situation is very different in person from what they’ve heard from nearly 250 miles away.

“I felt like it just wasn’t’ enough for me. I needed to get down here and show my support physically,” Kila Hayes said. “It’s a revolution and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Hayes attended a rally in Indianapolis Thursday and while others are voicing support locally this weekend, she wanted to see it for herself.

“It’s really calm and everybody’s just holding their signs, standing by the side of the roads, cars are honking, there’s really no police action here,” Hayes said.

Hayes and other volunteers brought water, snacks, and first aid supplies to those in the small St. Louis suburb, but she says she was surprised when they arrived.

“Not in a bad way, but just seeing all the people come together was really shocking,” Hayes said.

She says Ferguson residents were peaceful Saturday afternoon.

“The people that have been looting haven’t been residents of the neighborhood. It’s people from out of town who are coming to support,” Hayes said.

It was calm in Ferguson Thursday as well, but it was a different story Friday night when turmoil took over the streets once again.

“Last night, after hours of peaceful protesting, small groups took to the streets with the intent of committing crimes and endangering citizens. That is unacceptable,” Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Saturday.

Still Hayes hopes something positive will come out of the heated situation in the end.

“I hope that they get peace. I hope that they get justice,” Hayes said.

There was a small turn out for a rally planned at Monument Circle Saturday evening. Organizers behind that event hope to hold another on August 30.

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