He encouraged and supported peaceful protesting and continued to encourage the students to remain persistent, in order to assist all his efforts to bring justice to their concerns of excessive police force in local affairs.
His indictment has impacted many of the students at York College. Many students present at the “Die-in” speak about how his indictment affects them and the Queens community. York alumnus, Swatanter Polce is a Political Science graduate as well as a community activist. Polce was present at the “Die-in” during her last semester at York College where she rallied with other students and faculty members listening to Wills speak to the protestors.
Polce says, "I believe it is despicable, it's also very disheartening as a member of the community to see people abusing the trust you put in them... It will make all students question him and what he has done for the community and question if the college should associate with him."
Now that the politician is facing substantial charges, some students feel like there is one less resource for York College and the community for social and political concerns. As a result of his indictment many students feel like they need to be more aware of the politicians they elect in office. "He seemed like a good one... We just have to elect trustworthy politicians that have our best interest at heart" says York college student present and the die in, Chereese sheen.
Members of the African American studies club expressed their concerns, especially in that Wills is a man of color representing the community and having involvement with the college.
While the president of he African American studies club said how he felt about wills involvement with the college and the die in, another student in the African American studies club said, "You have to understand the school reached out to him looking up to him not only as a leader, but a man in the community, a man of color, and that's the same man that let us down."
Many students feel like there aren't a lot of politicians York students can turn to for help and guidance in community affairs. According to a survey of 30 York students, Wills indictment is a poor reflection of various politicians and their relationships with the community.
Of the 30 surveyed students, 100 percent of the students said they would never have expected Wills given his involvement at York, and 87 percent stated that they don't feel like they can trust local politicians in the queens community anymore after Wills indictment.
"The rest of the district leaders will have to show that they are trustworthy, and people will have to be willing to trust again," says Swatanter Polce.