21 people detained during protest outside Tennessee Capitol last night


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —UPDATE (11:32 p.m.)

Tennessee Highway Patrol said 21 people were detained during protests outside the Tennessee State Capitol Monday night.

THP said of those, 19 people were cited and two were arrested for public intoxication.

Protest organizer Dymin Cannon told FOX 17 News that protesters plan to continue protesting until Gov. Lee agrees to have an open dialogue with the group.

Cannon said that the participants continued to protest peacefully since their initial demonstration outside the Capitol on Friday and met the demands of troopers prior to Monday night, but troopers refused to meet them "in the middle."

Cannon said troopers told protesters at 11:00 p.m. on Monday to move, but the group questioned why they should meet in the middle with officers. Numerous protesters decided to move across the street while the participants who were arrested remained on the grass.

Cannon said that an attorney representing the protesters asked several times to speak to a commanding officer for information, but troopers refused to respond.

Cannon said the attorney is working to bail them out of jail. THP said 21 people were detained with 19 cited for not leaving the property and 2 arrested for public intoxication.

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