TYLER — East Texans are responding to the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has drawn reactions across the country and even overseas. According to the Tyler Together Facebook page, the Democratic Club of Smith County will hold a “Candle Light Prayer Night” Tuesday at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church on North Broadway. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be a drive-in service in deference to concerns about COVID-19. Speakers will include Pastor Marcus Hood and Dr. Shirley McKellar, Tyler city councilwoman and community activist. Participants are asked to bring signs and candles but to stay in their vehicles.
Other events include a virtual town hall meeting Thursday at 7 p.m., organized by a group called Let’s Talk Tyler and including a number of community leaders. There will also be a “Prayer in the Square” event Friday at 6 p.m. You can go to https://www.facebook.com/ttrrf for more information.
According to our news partner KETK, protesters who had gathered Sunday night on Tyler’s downtown square tried to block traffic for a few minutes. The protest, involving about 100 people, was peaceful but tense, with some small confrontations between drivers and protesters. A few participants tried shepherding others out of the street, though some remained or ventured in and out. Protesters chanted “no justice, no peace,” “black lives matter,” and “George Floyd.” Police eventually blocked off Front Street to allow the protesters to make their way through the streets.