Nashville Council member at Large Steve Glover didn’t want Mayor John Cooper to attend Saturday’s rally at Legislative Plaza for George Floyd, and neither did Council member at Large Sharon Hurt.
As reported, several thousand protestors descended upon Legislative Plaza Saturday. Many protestors carried signs demanding that government either defund or abolish the police. Cooper embraced the protestors, spoke at their rally and even thanked them for wearing COVID-19 masks. But later in the day, protesters resorted to violence and vandalized the Metro Courthouse and parts of Lower Broadway.
Glover, on his Facebook page Sunday, published the text of an email that Hurt sent to Cooper before the rally began. Glover said she mentioned him with his blessing.
“Mayor Cooper, I am writing to inform you that I will not be attending the rally and I have asked the Minority Caucus to refrain due to the gathering of more than 25 people,” Hurt wrote.
“I spoke with CM Glover as he and I represent two very different perspectives, have a different approach and belong to different political parties. On this, however, we agree and [personally] I would like to see you address such injustices in a different way.”
This was emailed yesterday before the rally and sent to the Mayor from CM Hurt, and with my blessings in using my name. …
Glover told The Tennessee Star Sunday morning that he had a hard time getting away from his telephone, for all the angry constituents who wanted to speak with him.
“I’m taking phone calls from anybody calling me. That is my policy. I don’t like doing it on Sundays, but nobody in Nashville asked for this yesterday as far as the devastation,” Glover said.
“What is really sad is that the majority of people arrested last night were, in fact, from Nashville and Davidson County. That is sad.”
The Star asked Glover what, exactly, his constituents had to say.
“They want to find out how to recall the mayor. They want to force him to resign. I’m not getting any positive feedback,” Glover said.
“I’ll have to leave it right there because there hasn’t been one positive phone call that I have taken this morning. Not one.”
Hurt, meanwhile, said she didn’t want Cooper to attend the rally because she said it violated the city’s current social distancing requirements on COVID-19.
“I don’t want to see a second wave pandemic run rampant through our communities,” Hurt said Sunday.
Glover, meanwhile, said Saturday’s events distressed him greatly.
“I literally cried. You know, people work so hard to make this a good city. A great city. And when leadership just completely ignores them, ignores the economic engine that is downtown, and has already put so many roadblocks in front of them for 2020, to allow this to happen last night, it was almost unforgivable,” Glover said.
Glover said he’s unsure if or when he will discuss his thoughts with Cooper.
“It all depends on if he has time for us. That suggests that right now he seems to think that our opinions don’t matter on the council,” Glover said.
“Well, I’m telling you during this budget process I am hoping this council proves him wrong and that, yes, our opinion does matter because the people elect us. So, we’re going to roll our sleeves up. We’re going to work.”
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