NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dozens of people were taken into custody Sunday afternoon during protests on Capitol Hill in Nashville.
Tennessee Highway Patrol told News 2 approximately 38 people were taken into custody and transported to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, charged with criminal trespassing. Two of the 38 people were juveniles and their parents/guardians have been notified. They were later released from custody, with many deciding to return to Capitol Hill.
Earlier Sunday afternoon, Nashville had its first “Back the Badge” protest to show support to Metro Police. Dozens of protesters gathered on the other side of Legislative Plaza holding American flags and Thin Blue Line flags.
It sparked a vehicle protest around the capitol, with many people driving by honking, holding Black Lives Matter posters and holding up fists.
The organizers of the Back the Badge protest told News 2 they wanted to show support for law enforcement but they also wanted to let equality protesters know that they don’t want to encourage divide, but instead a solution and some sort of common ground.
“We have to stop being divided. We have to come together and a lot of them want complete defunding, a lot of them want just reform, a lot of us want no change and a lot of us want change,” said organizer Chase Matheson, “Surely there is something that we could all find to agree on and make the first step and Rome wasn’t built in a day. So if we can take the first step today then maybe in a decade we can move past all of this.”
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