- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marchers protesting police brutality staged a die-in in the middle of Nashville’s honky-tonk district Friday night and another in The Gulch, home to new upscale condominiums and restaurants.

The Tennessean reports (https://tnne.ws/1vK1QkP ) the protest started with candlelight a vigil outside the Metro Nashville Police Department. The group of about 150 people grew as they marched to Lower Broadway, where their “Black Lives Matter” chant mixed with the music spilling out of the honky-tonks. Tourists on the sidewalks snapped photos as the demonstrators laid down in the street.

The group then tried to march onto Interstate 65 but was blocked by a line of Tennessee state troopers. Demonstrators stopped again in The Gulch, where protest leader D.J. Hudson said, “We all want to feel at home in this city. We all love it and want to make sure we can continue to love it and live in it. We’re going to go there and say, ‘Wow, your shiny buildings are beautiful,’ but they should not be pushing the rest of us out.”

People came out of the bars and restaurants to snap photos of demonstrators as they lay down in the street again.

The march in Nashville was one of several planned in cities across the country this weekend in solidarity with Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two unarmed black men who were killed by police. In both cases, grand juries declined to indict the officers involved in their deaths.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1xdRlN3) a group of about 35 protesters slowed traffic with a march in the suburb of Horn Lake, just over the border in Mississippi on Friday. Participating in that march was Teresa Carter, the mother of Chavis Carter - a 21-year-old black man who police say shot himself while he was handcuffed in the back of a police car in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 2012.

Carter’s family and other supporters say they do not believe that version of events.

“We can’t breathe in a society where our babies, husbands and fathers can’t live in peace under police who are supposed to serve and protect us,” said Teresa Carter, borrowing the “We Can’t Breathe” phrase from Garner before his death that has become a rallying cry for protests nationwide.


Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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