Awaiting Trial, Justin Jones Protests Nathan Bedford Forrest

Justin Jones, who allegedly broke the law and caused the biggest disruption at a Marsha Blackburn rally in Nashville last fall is in the news again.

This time, Jones and Jeneisha Harris made the news for reportedly protesting a bust of Confederate Army General Nathan Bedford Forrest at the state capitol, according to the Knoxville-based WATE.

“We are angry,” said Harris, identified as a Tennessee State University student.

“We are tired of being tired of asking for the same thing.”

Harris, Jones, and others delivered a signed letter to Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee. In the letter, they asked Lee to take down the bust of Forrest and move it to the state museum, according to the station.

Jones, a Vanderbilt divinity student, told members of the media that Lee and members of his office had ignored his repeated emails requesting an appointment.

As The Tennessee Star reported last month, members of the Davidson County District Attorney General’s office are scheduled to prosecute Jones in March on charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

In a story that made national headlines, Jones caused a scene at a campaign rally for then-U.S. Senate Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn in late October. Blackburn won the election the following month and has since taken the oath of office.

Authorities charged Jones with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest for disrupting the Blackburn event at the Ray Stevens’ CabaRay Showroom in Nashville. Blackburn appeared at the event alongside U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

That hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 18.

As The Star reported, this was a private event. Organizers recognized Jones as someone with a history of causing trouble at other political events and gave him a direct order to leave.

Harris, who is African-American, accompanied and sat with Jones at the Blackburn event and caused her own disruption. She said people at the Blackburn rally spit on her and called her racial epithets.

A woman from Washington, D.C. who attended the gathering pressed charges against Harris for alleged assault.

Because no law enforcement officers witnessed the alleged assault they only gave Harris a citation.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Justin Jones” by WKRN.





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7 Thoughts to “Awaiting Trial, Justin Jones Protests Nathan Bedford Forrest”

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  2. […] as reported, wants state officials to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol building. […]

  3. Randall

    Justin Jones? Never heard of her.

  4. Rick

    Lock him up! He has no value to the community other than a nuisance and a trouble maker. The remainder of the individuals in the photo need to be looked at also for community value. These people want to erase history because they don’t like it, well the individuals that want this will never be happy no matter what you give them.

  5. Steve Allen

    “We are tired of being tired of asking for the same thing.” Well…. Stop asking. Why isn’t this ignorant SJW in jail awaiting trial? I’m so tired of reading about how clueless young people are offended by the history of our nation.

  6. Erik

    I’m at the point that it’s not a debate anymore about merits, it’s that if the left hates it, then it can’t be bad.

  7. Randall

    This young lady hasn’t learned her lesson.