"It does bother me, but it ain't nothing new," senior Earl Baty said.
"He wasn't fighting back," student Scott Ansley said. "They should not have kicked him in any way."
A police officer's son said officers sometimes go too far.
"I think cops take advantage of the situation if they don't see a camera," senior Christian Minner said.
A community meeting is being arranged for next week.
Many of the protesters said they planned to register to vote so they could voice their displeasure at the polls.