Federal authorities this week charged a Nashville woman with vandalizing the Nashville Metro Courthouse in May.
This, according to a press release that staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee published on their website.
A criminal complaint charged Shelby Ligons, 22, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives, the press release said.
“The criminal complaint alleges that on the afternoon of May 30, 2020, protesters gathered in downtown Nashville following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later in the evening, a number of persons gathered in front of the Nashville City Hall, also known as the Metro Courthouse. Using various tools, including crowbars and other objects, they began smashing the windows of the premises and spraying graffiti on the Courthouse facade. One or more fires were also set inside of the Courthouse at this time,” according to the press release.
“Numerous video clips and photographs of the destruction at City Hall were posted on social media websites, on the websites for news outlets, and on other Internet sites. Ligons is depicted in video clips and photographs from that afternoon and evening wearing blue jeans, a black-colored shirt, a medical mask, and a white-colored bandana on her head. In those video clips and photographs, Ligons is depicted holding a white-colored poster board with the words ‘F–k The Police’ and ‘We Will Not Be Silent’ written on it. In several video clips, Ligons is depicted setting fire to the poster and placing it inside a window located on the exterior structure of City Hall.”
FBI agents arrested Ligons this week. If convicted, she faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison, the press release said.
Authorities previously charged Wesley Somers, 25, of Hendersonville, in June. His case is pending in U.S. District Court, according to the press release.
As The Tennessee Star reported at the time, quoting a criminal complaint, video clips depicted Somers attempting to smash courthouse windows. One photograph depicted Somers holding an unknown accelerant, which had been set on fire, and placing the accelerant through the window of the Courthouse.
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