Protesting Student Shooting
Hundreds gathered on the University of Florida's campus to protest the the shooting of a graduate student by campus police.
Kofi Adu-Brempong was shot March 2, 2010 by campus police during an altercation in his campus apartment.
Police were contacted by Adu-Brempong’s colleagues who described him as delusional ever since he started worrying that his student-visa wouldn’t be renewed. Adu-Brempong, a native of Ghana, thought he would be sent back to his country and killed.
According to the police report, after talking with the student for over an hour they were worried he was hurting himself and entered his apartment where they found the student with a knife in his hand. Police say Adu-Brempong attacked the officers with the knife and a metal rod, and after rubber bullets failed to subdue him they shot the student.
Protesters are concerned about the way police handled the situation. They also question the facts in the report because Adu-Brempong suffers from polio and some protesters don’t believe that he had the strength to continue struggling after the rubber bullets.