Rev. Jeff Hood, a Baptist minister based in Dallas, helped organize the protest that preceded the shooting as a way for people to gather and vent.
The organizers announced the event on Facebook, as they had nearly a dozen past gatherings, and drew close to a thousand people.
"It was a peaceful protest, no question about it. The entire thing was peaceful," said Hood, 32, who wears his beard long, pairs a suit and tie with sandals and winds a string of prayer beads around his wrist.