Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Nashville Saturday night and taunted law enforcement as officers assembled in unison along the sidewalks on Lower Broadway.
Officers held riot shields to guard their faces.
“Why are you in riot gear? I don’t see no riot here. Why are you in riot gear? I don’t see no riot here,” the thousands of protestors said in unison, over and over again.
At one point, protestors along lower Broadway paused in front of Bridgestone Arena, and many of them sat on the street for a time.
Twitter user @BestNashTransit tagged Nashville Mayor John Cooper and asked the following:
Serious question to @JohnCooper4Nash Under what legal authority does any group have to take up and block an entire street like this? Can I bring a group of my friends downtown and do the same thing?
— Go Nashville! (@BestNashTransit) June 13, 2020
“Under what legal authority does any group have to take up and block an entire street like this? Can I bring a group of my friends downtown and do the same thing?”
Meanwhile, Twitter user @scj63803268 tagged Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and told him just how put out he was with the day’s events.
@GovBillLee @realDonaldTrump -Gov Lee it is DISGUSTING that Nashville TN refused to open for residentsto go back to work, but this continuing stuff is ok. It’s either all or NONE. Get with it partner or kiss your relection votes goodbye. Too many folks have permanetly lost jobs. https://t.co/D3ZrKoIE0b
— scj WWG1WGA (@scj63803268) June 13, 2020
“Gov Lee it is DISGUSTING that Nashville TN refused to open for residents to go back to work, but this continuing stuff is ok. It’s either all or NONE. Get with it partner or kiss your reelection votes goodbye. Too many folks have permanently lost jobs.”
Demonstrators recited a litany of familiar left-wing chants as they marched up and down the streets of Nashville:
• “No justice, no peace”
• “Defund the police”
• “No racist police”
• “Hands up, don’t shoot”
• “Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like”
• “No racist police”
Nashville Public Radio reporter Samantha Max tweeted Saturday evening that protestors had occupied space at the state capitol for a little more than 24 hours.
Big crowd gathering across the way at War Memorial Plaza. Rally is getting started.
— Samantha Max (@samanthaellimax) June 13, 2020
“State troopers are telling them to leave, but many are staying put,” Max wrote.
As The Tennessee Star reported Saturday, Lee failed to enforce state law Friday night and allowed left-wing activist Justin Jones and a handful of his fellow protesters to camp out in Legislative Plaza. This, as Jones and others pitched tents and sat on the steps of the plaza throughout the night and into the morning.
A 2012 state law, “The Equal Access to Public Property Act of 2012,” clearly states that people may not use state-owned property for camping if it’s not a specifically designated camping area. Violation of the law is a Class A misdemeanor. The Act, which legislators passed and became law in response to the 2012 Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Nashville movement, allows state officials to physically remove items such as tents, blankets, and sleeping bags, which it states are “subject to seizure and forfeiture.”
#LIVE: Protesters are gathered for the 'March for Justice' sponsored by Black Lives Matter Nashville at Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville. https://bit.ly/3cZpaID
Posted by WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville on Saturday, June 13, 2020
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