LIVE BLOG: Tuesday night protest in Johnson City

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UPDATE 11:50 PM: Amid protesters’ chants of “kneel with us”, a Johnson City police officer took a knee, prompting cheers and hugs from protesters. The protesters then dispersed from Main Street.

Protesters then moved toward Founders Park where it seemed they dispersed to go home for the evening.


UPDATE 11:45 PM: Protesters moved back toward downtown Johnson City where a group stood on East Main Street blocking the roadway.

You can watch some of the live video feed on our WJHL Facebook page below.


UPDATE 11:19 PM: The group of protesters still marching Tuesday night left the area near the ETSU baseball field and were once again walking on State of Franklin Road heading back toward the downtown area.


UPDATE 11:08 PM: Protesters rerouted late Tuesday night and are now in front of the ETSU baseball fields on University Parkway.


UPDATE 10:33 PM: Some protesters have started to take a knee on State of Franklin Rd. between the intersections of S. Greenwood and W. Walnut streets.

Photo: WJHL

UPDATE 10:20 PM: A group of protesters continued walking down State of Franklin Road and past East Tennessee State University.


UPDATE 10 PM: Protesters were walking on State of Franklin Road from downtown toward the intersection of University Parkway.


UPDATE 9:30 PM: Some protesters left Founders Park in downtown Johnson City and headed toward the police department to continue protesting.

You can watch some of that video as it unfolded Tuesday night on our WJHL Facebook page below.

Our camera was also rolling when we saw a firework go off near protesters Tuesday night.


UPDATE 8:30 PM: The protesters returned to Founders Park in downtown Tuesday night.

You can watch some of that video on our WJHL Facebook page below.


UPDATE 8:10 PM: Protesters have left the Johnson City Police Department parking lot and are now heading back toward Founders Park downtown.


UPDATE 7:50 PM: Protesters continued to line the street near the Johnson City Police Dept. and speak with community leaders in the parking lot.


UPDATE 7:25 PM: Anslee Daniel reports that some of the protesters started to line the sidewalks near the Johnson City Police Department on East Main Street.


UPDATE 7:15 PM: Mayor Jenny Brock was speaking with protesters that gathered outside of City Hall and the Johnson City Police Department Tuesday night.


UPDATE 6:55 PM: Protesters have arrived at the Johnson City Police Department.

UPDATE 6:41 PM: Protesters have left Founders Park in downtown Johnson City and are now headed toward the Johnson City Police Department.


UPDATE 6:25 PM: News Channel 11’s Mackenzie Moore and Bianca Marais report that there were people waiting for the Black Lives Matter caravan in downtown Jonesborough.


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A peaceful protest is now underway at Founders Park in Downtown Johnson City to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

This comes less than 24 hours after 11 protesters were arrested following a protest that lasted into the overnight hours on Monday.

Protesters are expected to walk from Founders Park and downtown towards the Johnson City Police Department within the hour.

There is also a Black Lives Matter caravan happening Tuesday evening where protesters were driving from Johnson City to Jonesborough and making stops along the way.

The end of the route will be at the Memorial Park Community Center.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow these developing stories throughout the evening on-air and on WJHL.com.


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