CSRA residents react to unrest in Ferguson

CSRA residents react to unrest in Ferguson

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - CSRA residents are reacting to the unrest in Ferguson, MO after an 18-year-old was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.

"Who's to say that something like that can't happen in Georgia and I know that's a very big fear for people," said Mahlique Mathis, a Georgia Regents University grad school.

"Police should not be trained to shoot to kill and I'm pretty sure they're not," Mathis continue. "If he felt the need to shoot, he could shoot at the knees, shoot at the legs, but he shot that 18-year-old several times, which seems like the intent to kill."

The sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent protests the St. Louis suburb has experienced in the last two weeks expose a kind of racism Mathis says he sees throughout the country.

"Unfortunately a lot of people do judge you based on how you look and sometimes based on your skin color," Mathis said.

Mathis also said he is even careful when doing something as simple as outdoor exercise.

"A lot of people assume that since I've gone to school and I carry myself differently than what people may view as stereotypically black, I don't have anything to fear but I fear a lot," Mathis explained. "I go running, for instance. I have to worry 'I wonder if anyone is going to find me out here if anything happens to me' because it can happen to anybody."

This isn't the first time racial tensions have gained national attention. In 2012, hundreds showed their support by protesting, when another unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed in Florida - on his way home from a convenience store.

"It has not left the minds of the people, especially the black people in America, today," said Commissioner Marion Williams. "Society has to understand that. When you have a man, or young man, that was hurt in Florida for no reason and all of the evidence came out and then you have another young man somewhere else that was shot 4 or 5 times, it makes you think that no one cares."

Both Mathis and Williams said they hope if a trial comes about the recent shooting in Ferguson that justice is served.

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