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BSA President reacts to decision not to charge officers in Breonna Taylor case with murder

MUNCIE, Ind. (NewsLink) -- The president of the Black Student Association, Destiny Mitchell, said the discussions about racism and policing have been years in the making.

Following the decision not to charge the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor with murder, Mitchell believes it's more important now than ever to speak up.

"Breonna Taylor could've been anyone," said Mitchell. "She could've been me, she could've been my sister, she could've been my mother. She was in the comfort of her own home and she was violated."

The announcement led to outrage and a call for change.

"There needs to be a complete total shift in the culture and how all minorities are seen," said Mitchell. "There is no equity, there's always going to be a difference because we're minorities and then there's the majority."

However, not all demonstrations have been peaceful. Mitchell says the violence is a result of pain caused by racism, but believes it overshadows the actual message.

"The peaceful protests have been getting turned into riots by people who don't have the right intentions," said Mitchell.

As protests across the country continue, Mitchell says BSA's work is just beginning.

"It will not stop with just one demonstration, it will not stop with two demonstrations," said Mitchell. "We will continue to do this until there's justice and equity."

Mitchell said she believes the police should be defunded. She also urges people who do not experience racism or discrimination to continue to use their voices to speak up.

For any concerns or complaints, please contact twbrummett@bsu.edu .