Protests in Nashville turned violent last night as activists demanded justice in the death of George Floyd.
Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton from Cumberland County issued the following statement:
“I fully support Governor Bill Lee’s decision to activate the national guard and strike force to restore law and order in Nashville. What began as a peaceful and effective protest has turned into organized lawless destruction by a group of individuals with complete disregard for personal property and the safety of others. We respect the rights of all Tennesseans to peaceful assemble and express their views. However, this type of behavior is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our state.”
State Representative Jim Cooper said:
“Violence and destruction don’t solve our problems. We need justice but burning our courthouse is wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best – ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.’
Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced today an 8 p.m. curfew for Davidson County, which will be in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.