Arrest of black student sparks rally at University of Wisconsin

MADISON — Hundreds of demonstrators were rallying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to protest the arrest of a black student accused of spraying provocative graffiti messages around campus.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Thursday ( that students and faculty gathered at the statue of Abraham Lincoln and pasted a list of demands that included community control of campus police.

They later marched to occupy a library and shut down nearby intersections.

The protests come after police accused a black student of doing $4,000 worth of damage to university buildings and arrested him during class.

One note he's accused of spraying reads, "The devil iz a white man, - God." Protesters say the collection of graffiti represents anti-racist artwork.