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Resolution RS2020-356

A Resolution condemning the destruction of Public Property and acts of criminal vandalism and arson on May 30, 2020 at City Hall, Music City Center, Bridgestone arena, and countless private businesses in the downtown Nashville area.

WHEREAS: Following that peaceful protest, several individuals who had infiltrated the protest for the express and sole purpose of causing civil unrest began taunting and threating physical harm to law enforcement personnel and committing wanton acts of destruction, criminal vandalism and arson to Public and Private Property, and;

WHEREAS: Mayor Cooper was forced to declare a state of Emergency and Governor Lee, activated the National Guard at the Mayor’s request, to assist MNPD and the State Police in controlling the violence and further declared a city-wide curfew throughout Metro Nashville, and;

WHEREAS: These individuals caused millions of dollars in damage to property owned by the citizens of Metro Davidson Nashville, and

WHEREAS: These individuals, who profess to be part of the “Antifa Movement”, did with malice of forethought misappropriate an otherwise peaceful protest demonstration with the sole intent to commit acts of violence, to destroy Public and Private Property, and to incite a law enforcement response, and;

WHEREAS: On Sunday May 31, 2020, the United States Government declared the Antifa Movement a Domestic Terrorist Organization under Federal law, and;

WHEREAS: As local elected officials, it is our duty to provide the means necessary to protect the residents of Metro Davidson Nashville;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1: The Council of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County hereby requests that any and all media outlets or individual citizens that were filming the events that occurred on the evening of May 30, 2020 provide unedited copies of all video to the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, the offices of the District Attorney of Nashville, the offices of the Attorney General of the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the local field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, and further requests that these agencies and offices coordinate their efforts to identify and hold criminally responsible the persons who committed the acts of destruction, vandalism and arson outlined above, and;

Section 2: The Council of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County further requests that Metropolitan Legal Director, and his staff, explore ways in which to hold Antifa, and its local and national leadership, as well as the persons who are found to have committed these acts of destruction, vandalism and arson financially accountable for the damage caused and to thereafter pursue any and all legal remedies available to the City.

Sponsor(s)

Robert Swope, Jonathan Hall

Legislative History

Referred toPublic Safety, Beer, and Regulated Beverages Committee

IntroducedJune 9, 2020

WithdrawnJune 9, 2020

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Last Modified: 06/12/2020 5:10 PM