Local student protesters hope to turn frustration into action

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- All over the country, protestors have been marching, rallying and crying out for justice.

Across the Piedmont, many were on college campuses or organized by student leaders like Andrea Picou and Emily McNair.

They're both students at UNCG and have been helping organize protests in Greensboro after officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Despite their loud cries, both feel like their voices still aren't being heard.

"It seems now just to be getting worse and worse," said Picou, a senior.

That frustration doubled Wednesday after a New York City police officer was not indicted for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, after placing him in a chokehold.

"Eric Garner was murdered on camera,” Picou said. “I've seen him killed three or four times on YouTube, but still his murderer will be allowed to walk free."

The two political science majors say they're turning their energy from protesting to other ways to bring about change.

"For a long time we were just on campus doing things and we realized there's a whole bunch of people not on UNCG’s campus that would be willing to really work us," McNair said.

They're working on organizing boycotts, joining with other community groups and hosting more forums which teach people how to safely interact with police.

"We can create a political movement of our own," Picou said.

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