A group is holding a rally in Tupelo to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being taken into police custody in Minnesota.

The event at Fairpark began at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to last until 8 p.m.

Similar events are also happening today in Petal and Oxford.

An event organizer has also encouraged attendees to show up to Monday's Tupelo Outreach Task Force/Police Advisory Board meeting.

The event page 662 Stands With 612 originally mentioned the city denying a permit for the rally to take place, but later updated stating Mayor Jason Shelton reached out to event organizers and granted them permission. Shelton responded to the Daily Journal on Twitter saying "no group requested a permit to assemble prior to today. No permits have been denied by the City of Tupelo."

The event also details that citizens will march against the recent comments of Petal Mayor Hal Marx. On Tuesday, Marx tweeted, saying he “didn't see anything unreasonable”: "If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack."

Marx's comments have since sparked protests and calls for his resignation, including from his own city board members.

Protestors will also march against the case of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert, who was shot and killed by a Tupelo police officer in 2016.

The Daily Journal will have full coverage of today's protest and will post updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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