Chaos erupts after resolution honoring murdered Nashville teen fails

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Three protesters were arrested by state troopers Tuesday night after lawmakers failed to pass a resolution honoring the life of 17-year-old Ashanti Posey.  

Posey was a student at Hillsboro High School. She was shot to death in her car in April.  

Representative Harold Love introduced a resolution Tuesday to honor her life. However, one House member said he couldn’t support the measure.    

Metro police said Posey had been involved in the sale of a small amount of marijuana just before her death. 

“I did some research and looked up exactly what led to this young lady’s untimely demise and due to the behavior and I will say choices that she was involved in at the time,” Rep. William Lamberth (R-Portland) said. “I cannot in good conscience vote in favor of this.” 

This sparked outrage from the balcony, as protestors became vocal and started booing. Several were walked out in handcuffs.  

The resolution failed with a 45-to-1 vote. The rest of the House members either did not vote or voted present.  

“That is the most astonishing thing I have ever seen on this floor honoring a young woman who died,” Rep. Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) said. “That is the most astonishing thing, outrageous vote I have ever seen on this house floor in over a decade. I’m shocked. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested three protesters at the capitol. The THP said 24-year-old Justin Jones, 22-year-old Abigail Barrentine and 31-year-old Alexander Ratliff were charged with disrupting a meeting and resisting arrest. Jones was also charged with assault.

Posey’s mother Amber released a statement to News 2, which reads:

“We are so proud of the life that Ashanti lived – one that was filled with kindness, hard work and generosity. She started a support group for LGBT students at Maplewood High school, worked two jobs, and was on her way to Western Kentucky University. Her memory deserves only the highest honors.”

Amber Posey

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