About 200 students and faculty at UMASS Amherst gathered in front of the student union Wednesday for a rally organized by the Committee for Justice for Jason Vassell. Vassell is charged with attempted murder after his alleged involvement in a fight on campus in February. Police reports say the fight began when two non-students allegedly yelled racial slurs at Vassell in his dormitory. Vassell is African-American. The non students are white. Justice for Jason is contesting the validity of the charges brought against Vassell.
Friends and supporters of former UMASS Amherst student Jason Vassell are staging a rally Wednesday. Vassell is facing charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder following an incident on campus February 3rd. His supporters say the charges are unfair, that he was defending himself, and they believe that Vassell himself is the victim of a hate crime.