A Georgia Tech student has launched an online fundraising effort to aid campus police officers affected by Monday night's riots. What began as a peaceful vigil in memory of fellow student Scout Schultz devolved into mayhem and a police cruiser was set ablaze.
"Two GTPD officers were injured in the ensuing melees and two GTPD cruisers were torched," wrote Phillip Yamin, an e lectrical engineering major in the class of 2019, who started the online effort. It's so far raised about $2,000.
Yamin's Go Fund Me page describes Schultz' death as a "tragic suicide."
He is president of Tech's Marksmanship Club, whose members have a close relationship with campus police "to ensure that we follow the strictest procedures on firearm safety; we have also known them as acquaintances and even friends.
"They are a strong family, and we are certain that they will get through this; however, as we at the Marksmanship Club and we as members of the Georgia Tech Student Body feel that they deserve some extra support following tonight’s horrific events," Yamin wrote. "GTPD has always been kind to students, treating us far more as equals than subjects; many of them are Georgia Tech graduates themselves. They constantly take steps to ensure that we’re safe, reach out to us, and make concrete efforts to get to know students on a personal level. Now, it’s our turn to give back to them."
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