During a Vigil to protest the killing of George Floyd, a protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did, and the crowd erupted in cheers.
The protester, Justin Jones and other demonstrators had gathered for a vigil at the steps of the Capitol building in Nashville on Monday evening as protests against police brutality and racism continued around the country.
The vigil took place as the Tennessee General Assembly reconvened at the Capitol after suspending this year’s session in March due to the coronavirus. Several Democrats had walked down to join the demonstrators while their party colleagues and Republicans watched from the Capitol balcony. Jones has led protests in Nashville for years, including at the Capitol.
Hundreds gathered at the Legislative Plaza across from the Capitol to mourn the lives of black men and women killed by police.