"Hands up, I can't breathe" protest happening at ECU

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More than 100 people are taking part in a peaceful "hands up" protest at ECU today.

The protestors gathered shortly before noon in front of the Bate Classroom Building. They are chanting "Hands up, don't shoot" and "I can't breathe".

The racially mixed group is protesting recent decisions not to indict police officers in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

As students left classes around noon, some of them joined the protest. The group was joined by a handful of professors.

Tony Powell, an organizer of the event, told WITN it's not just about black and white.

"The main point is that, these people we see here, they are the leaders," says Powell. "The more people we have to push this cause for humanity, because it's not just a 'Black lives matter' thing. It's a humanity thing."

The protest was organized through social media by one student and a recent graduate. They say their main focus was to bring attention to what they say is the injustice in the deaths of Brown and Garner.