TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The NAACP chapter addressed the public Wednesday evening about race relations, police practice, and keeping the peace as demonstrations continue in East Texas.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to keep the conversation going to prevent an incident similar to George Floyd from happening here.
“We continue to beat the same drum of race relations, police relationships, repairing them, and it just seems to fall on death ears because it’s redundant, it keeps happening. I think the protest is good, I think it’s good in it’s place,” said Cedrick Granberry Sr., the president of Tyler’s NAACP.
Grandberry says the movements will continue to happen until there is a change in the way law enforcement officers handle training when it comes to civilians.
“All these people of different races are together and we’re together, and its all about support. We’ve got to tackle the problem and find a solution for it,” said Granberry.
Religious leaders also spoke on the matter saying that life is precious for everyon.
“People of faith, just people of good will, are tired of these things happening to good people,” said Bishop Strickland, with the East Texas Catholic Diocess. “We’ve got to really step up and demand as I’ve seen on signs, that life is respected.”
The event ended with the opportunity for people to register to vote as many local officials say it starts with lawmakers to create change in the community.