RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Organizers tell News 2 that a man’s arrest over the weekend has prompted an additional protest on Monday.
Shortly before 2 p.m., protesters could be seen walking from the Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse off of Bridge Avenue to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
Organizer Jaylen James said, “We had to let it be known that yesterday is not exactly what we wanted. We don’t hate police officers. I’m not anti-police but we need to look in their face and in their eyes – that this is not okay. You protect and serve us.”
James continued saying their protest was in regard to the arrest of Christian Fouche shortly after Sunday’s peaceful rally in Murfreesboro.
Fouche told News 2 he was planning to leave Sunday’s protest when the curfew went into place. He said as officers were trying to clear the area he was stepped on by horse from the Mounted Patrol at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
Fouche said he was injured and shortly after, arrested, by a Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy.
Fouche and his attorney, Caleb Cassell, both have called into question why the arrest took place as Fouche was planning to leave, and he was injured by a deputy on horseback.
Cassell said his client was charged with violating the “state-mandated” curfew.
News 2 reached out to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and received this information,
“Fouche was originally charged with the violation of the declared emergency order. Later, the deputies found he was wanted for failure to appear in court on an unrelated charge.”
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