Thousands march to the Tennessee State Capitol for protest


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Tennessee Huighway Patrol said 10,000 people took to the streets of Nashville Thursday and marched to the Tennessee State Capitol to protest racism and police brutality.

Thousands of protesters chanted "Black Lives Matter" as they demonstrated peacefully. Most of them in their teens or 20s and they were demanding change.

The crowds first met at the Bicentennial Mall State Park and walked to the legislative plaza in response to the death of George Floyd. The protest in Nashville was peaceful.

“This is what a peaceful protest looks like,” a protester lying in the middle of Broadway, demonstrating for justice, said.

At the Capitol, protesters blocked the street as police stayed back. Demonstrators held eight minutes of silence.

Crowds also made their way to Jefferson Street near First Tennessee Park.

Video also showed a large group walking down Broadway.

Metro Police tweeted a "thank you" to the day's 10,000 protesters.

FOX 17 News reporters say Metro Police wore riot gear and were met with crowds were shouting "we don't see no riot here."

FOX 17 News will provide the latest updates here.