Nashville courthouse vandalized & set on FIRE as riot police try to disperse anti-brutality protesters with tear gas (VIDEOS)
Thousands of people marched peacefully through the city and gathered in the Public Square Park, chanting slogans against police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
The violence eventually erupted after some of the protesters were seen burning US flags and spray-painting anti-police slogans on the walls of the Metropolitan Nashville Courthouse – while several rioters managed to break in and set a fire inside.
Nashville police have gotten everyone back from Metro Courthouse using flash bangs and tear gas, which I can attest is highly effective pic.twitter.com/lnfGfyqUSW— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) May 31, 2020
Riot police deployed tear gas to push the crowd away from the building, but the vandalism continued in the area and elsewhere in the city.
In the wake of the unrest, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee authorized the National Guard to mobilize in Nashville “in response to protests that have now taken a violent, unlawful turn...”
They’re tearing down all the light poles outside Metro courthouse. It’s extremely dangerous. A second after this one behind me came crashing, missing me by a couple feet pic.twitter.com/PGV106v9Q0— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) May 31, 2020
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