Thousands peacefully protest in ‘March for Justice’ through downtown Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The March for Justice walk in honor of George Floyd was largely peaceful Saturday afternoon, going through much of downtown.

The walk began just after 2 p.m. on The John Seigenthaler Pedestrians Bridge. After a short rally at the base of the bridge, the march continued down Korean Veterans Blvd. The original plan was for the walk to go onto Broadway and toward City Hall.

The crowd was heard chanting ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman was fatally shot by Louisville, Kentucky officers back in March.

  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN
  • March for Justice - 6/6/2020 - Photo: WKRN

Protesters continued from Korean Veterans Blvd. down Broadway where they momentarily stopped and kneeled for just under 8 minutes. Metro officers in riot gear stood along the sidewalks to maintain order.

The march continued down 2nd Avenue towards the Metro Courthouse and City Hall. Metro officers in riot gear stood in front of barricades, barring protestors from getting close to the building. After a peaceful moment on the lawn of Public Square Park, protesters marched back up 1st Avenue and back across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.

Protesters took several moments of silence in honor of George Floyd and others who have died. Most of the crowd did wear masks during the peaceful protest.

Organizers said they hope to show fellow Americans that they stand with them.

Their event page had the following statement:

We are a community of diverse cultural and various traditions in our great music city and as Community members, we stand shoulder to shoulder justice and equality for the black community, and this mission can only be realized by recognizing privilege and leveraging power to create equitable spaces.

March for Justice

There was only one arrest from someone low flying a drone over the crowd on Broadway, but no damage and no injuries to police officers. Four people were treated for heat exhaustion and one of those people were transported to the hospital.

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