Nashville church holds meeting about violence in Ferguson, Mo. - WKRN News 2

Nashville church holds meeting about violence in Ferguson, Mo.

Posted: Updated: Aug 21, 2014 11:12 PM

A Nashville church held a public town hall meeting to discuss the best way to respond to the violence that has occurred in Ferguson, Missouri.

The meeting took place Thursday evening at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on 1112 Jefferson Street, which is the largest African-American mega church in Tennessee.

Attendees included Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, police commanders from all eight precincts and several local elected officials.

During the meeting they discussed how they would respond if a situation similar to the one in Ferguson happened in Nashville.

“So, our role here in Nashville would be to facilitate that demonstration, that protest. We'd try to meet with organizers beforehand and set some ground rules. We say to them, 'We're going to let you break the law, we're going to let you go out in the street. At some point, we have to stop that, but we want to get your message out,'” said Chief Anderson.

Thursday's night meeting was packed and was standing room only.

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