Not all Hoosiers are happy with the new president-elect.
To make their voices heard, protesters, including Ball State students, gathered at the Indiana Statehouse Nov. 12 to denounce Donald Trump. Some were chanting, "Not our president," while others went back and forth with counter protestors.
“I’m here today because I wanted to support the minority voice, really. I’m not here to
Approximately 500 protesters filled the statehouse lawn while holding signs and chanting to express anti-Trump sentiments.
Shelby Leveritt, a junior social work and women and gender studies major, said she thought a Trump presidency could endanger some populations.
“We came out here because we believe that the presidency of Donald Trump is going to hurt not only women but people of color, people with disabilities and we also think that people of color are in danger and people of trans identities and who are on the gender fluidity spectrum are in danger from a Trump presidency,” Leveritt said.
One of the protest organizers, Audrey Bee, said she opposes Trump because of his previous statements about minority groups.
“People came because they
Morgan Aprill, a second-year master's student in TESOL Media Communications, said she felt that anger too.
“A lot of young people still did vote for Clinton because they were like, ‘well, we can’t have Trump because that’s going to be awful, because of the hatred that he’s been spewing,’” Aprill said. “I know for myself and a lot of my friends, we have been going through shock and despair and now it’s progressing into anger for pretty much being spat on by the establishment.”
However, Brien James, an Indiana resident and Trump supporter at the rally, said he wanted to observe the events in the state's capital to see how the evening would unfold.
“We just came out to observe and to watch and I’m concerned that some of these protests that have taken place this week — innocent people are being attacked, I’ve seen it on the news,” James said. "If that were to happen, I want to be here to try to protect my fellow citizens and if not I just want to watch."
Even though James had different views from those protesting, he respected their right to free speech.
“People have every right to protest. I encourage their right to peacefully protest as long as things aren’t being torn up and people aren’t being hurt, then go for it,” James said.
After the rally ended, a group split off and headed to Monument Circle. From there, the group split again, with one section heading north and the other heading south.
Police say the group that went north “splintered off” and began walking in the road, blocking traffic.
Tasers and pepper balls were deployed after the group of protesters attempted to pass a barrier that had been set up by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).
Officers began detaining individuals who passed the barrier — immediately following, other protesters began throwing rocks at the police.
Two police officers received minor injuries but were not expected to go to the hospital, according to a statement from IMPD.
As a result of the rally, seven people were arrested, four of whom were from Indianapolis.