Temple protesters march from North Philly to stage ‘die-in’ atop Art Museum steps

About 50 Temple students and their supporters marched from Temple’s North Philadelphia campus to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Friday to protest the recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

They were also calling for an end to a grand jury process that they believe is unable to effectively hold police accountable.

Organizer Mathos Sokolo, a member of Temple’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, said the march — which wrapped up with a “die in” at the top of the famed “Rocky” steps — was peaceful and, he hopes, effective.

“We had enough people come out to express that they were disheartened with what’s been going on in society, as far as police injustices and brutality. It’s only the beginning,” he said. “Just because there haven’t been many reports of police brutality [in Philadelphia] in the media, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.”

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