Demonstrators have been gathered for weeks outside the Tennessee State Capitol to oppose a Confederate monument. A new law headed to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk would make their protest a felony.
A bill that would increase the penalties against protesting on state property is moving through the Tennessee General Assembly. The measure (HB8005/SB8005) is backed by Gov. Bill Lee. But, a provision in it has received pushback even from members of the Republican Party.
After hearing impassioned speeches from Black lawmakers, the Tennessee State Capitol Commission voted for the first time to remove the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest. And, in a last-minute vote, the group also voted to take out two other military figures from the Capitol’s second floor.
Ashanti Nikole Posey — that was the name of the teenager whom a group of Tennessee representatives were trying to memorialize Tuesday night.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information from Nashville authorities. In a matter of three hours, Nashville authorities issued but then withdrew criminal charges against two prominent Nashville activists on Thursday afternoon. Police and the city’s top prosecutor, District Attorney Glenn Funk, say they’re acting on “additional information from last Saturday, […]
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has opened a Tennessee campaign headquarters in downtown Nashville. The former mayor of New York visited Thursday to host a kick-off event.