'Black Lives Matter' protest planned in Nashville for Thursday


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —A "Black Lives Matter" protest is planned in Nashville for Thursday, according to the group Teens 4 Equality.

Protesters will meet up at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at 4 p.m. A march will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The protest point will be at the Tennessee State Capitol at 5 p.m.

The planned protest comes after a weekend of unrest with destructive riots in Nashville and Murfreesboro. In Nashville, 30 buildings were damaged and dozens of people were arrested. Among the businesses damaged is the historic courthouse, beloved Ryman and several bars on Broadway. Several police cruisers were also damaged when riots broke out Saturday, prompting curfews in Music City.

On Monday, Nashville and Murfreesboro both had peaceful protests.

Thousands of people have marched and rallied peacefully in the week since George Floyd was killed when a white officer jammed his knee into the back of the black man's neck. They are demonstrating against police brutality and racism.

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