Good morning I don’t know about you, but this morning finds me filled with strong emotions. What happened In Nashville, other Tennessee cities and all across our nation this weekend is heartbreaki

Good morning

I don’t know about you, but this morning finds me filled with strong emotions. What happened In Nashville, other Tennessee cities and all across our nation this weekend is heartbreaking and tragic and just evil.

To make the whole situation worse, locally it was handled very poorly, to be generous.

There is NO WAY that a thoughtful person could not see the riots coming a mile away and in fact some did!!

A picture taken by my friend Jim Roberts of the damage to the Court House.


Metro Council Members Warned John Cooper Not to Attend Saturday’s Rally

June 1, 2020 Chris Butler

Nashville Council member at Large Steve Glover didn’t want Mayor John Cooper to attend Saturday’s rally at Legislative Plaza for George Floyd, and neither did Council member at Large Sharon Hurt.

As reported, several thousand protestors descended upon Legislative Plaza Saturday. Many protestors carried signs demanding that government either defund or abolish the police. Cooper embraced the protestors, spoke at their rally and even thanked them for wearing COVID-19 masks. But later in the day, protesters resorted to violence and vandalized the Metro Courthouse and parts of Lower Broadway.

Glover, on his Facebook page Sunday, published the text of an email that Hurt sent to Cooper before the rally began. Glover said she mentioned him with his blessing.

“Mayor Cooper, I am writing to inform you that I will not be attending the rally and I have asked the Minority Caucus to refrain due to the gathering of more than 25 people,” Hurt wrote.

“I spoke with CM Glover as he and I represent two very different perspectives, have a different approach and belong to different political parties. On this, however, we agree and [personally] I would like to see you address such injustices in a different way.”

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Carol Swain Urged Mayor Cooper to Prepare for Possible Violence in Nashville but He Paid Little Heed to Her Advice

May 31, 2020 Chris Butler
Former Nashville mayoral candidate Carol Swain said she warned Mayor John Cooper to prepare for possible violence following Saturday’s protests downtown.

Cooper responded with a polite thank you – and, apparently, little else.

Swain told The Tennessee Star Saturday night that she and Cooper occasionally exchange texts.

Swain said she and Cooper texted one another this morning.

“I told Cooper that he should a do press conference and make clear to people what the expectations and consequences are for violence. Instead, he not only went to the rally in violation of his own Phase Two Coronavirus safety guidelines, but he encouraged 40 council members to go and legitimized the whole process,” Swain said.

“I hold him responsible for everything getting out of hand because he should have used his Phase Two coronavirus safety guidelines to say ‘No, this cannot take place.'”

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Mayor Cooper urges people to join him at ‘I Will Breathe’ rally in Nashville Saturday

Updated: May 30, 2020 / 11:58 AM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mayor John Cooper posted to Twitter on Saturday morning, urging the people of Nashville to join him for the ‘I Will Breathe’ rally.

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Police: 30 Nashville businesses damaged in “I Will Breathe” protests and riots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police have released a list of Nashville businesses that were damaged in Saturday night’s protests and riots.
Historic Metro Courthouse- significant graffiti, fire and water damage, windows broken.  Ryman Auditorium, Damage to windows.

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Secret Service agents wounded outside White House, car bombs feared; official says Trump was taken to bunker 

More than 50 Secret Service agents were injured, fires set by rioters blazed near the White House and authorities were searching for car bombs late Sunday as protests over the death of George Floyd continued to roil the capital just two days after President Trump had to be taken to a bunker for his safety.

A senior official in the direct chain of command for defending Washington D.C. told Fox News of the injuries to Secret Service agents, some of whom were hurt by rioters throwing bottles and Molotov cocktails in Lafayette Park, just across from the presidential residence. As observed in New York City and elsewhere, groups in D.C. are planting cars filled with incendiary materials for future use, Fox News is told.  U.S. Marshals and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were deployed to the streets of D.C. in an extraordinary move to beef up security alongside local police and Homeland Security agents, including the Secret Service, the Justice Department confirmed late Sunday. Fox News has learned U.S. Attorney for D.C. Mike Sherwin is heavily involved in the operation.

Lights that normally illuminate the exterior of the White House were disabled early Monday morning, reportedly so that the Secret Service could use night-vision equipment to monitor protesters.

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‘Do black vets count?’: Lincoln and WWII Memorial among DC landmarks vandalized during riots

The morning after peaceful protests in Washington, D.C., turned violent, images show several historic landmarks have been defaced or fallen victim to vandalism.

“Y’all not tired yet,” was spray-painted outside the Lincoln Memorial, while “Do black vets count?” was seen written on the World War II Memorial.

“In the wake of last night’s demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall,” the National Parks Service said in a tweet Sunday. “For generations the Mall has been our nation’s premier civic gathering space for non-violent demonstrations, and we ask individuals to carry on that tradition.”

Washington, D.C., reported massive looting and destruction of property in Georgetown and City Center overnight Saturday. Businesses in the district have been urged by government officials to stay shut down overnight Sunday as more demonstrations are expected.

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Historic St. John’s Church near White House set on FIRE as protests rage in Washington DC (VIDEOS)

Historic St. John’s Church near White House set on FIRE as protests rage in Washington DC (VIDEOS)

Multiple fires are flaring near the White House as a day of peaceful protests against police brutality escalated from tense standoffs with police into rioting and vandalism.

The St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, a historic landmark located just 300 meters from the White House, was targeted by an apparent arson amid the chaos. Footage from the scene showed flames raging inside. The walls of the church have been tagged with graffiti.

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Geraldo Rivera calls out ‘egregious’ torture and murder of George Floyd, says order must be restored

Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera called out the “egregious” torture of George Floyd — an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes — but maintained that order in Minnesota must be restored.

In a Friday morning interview on “Fox & Friends,” Rivera stated that looters and protesters who robbed stores and burned a Minneapolis precinct over the last three nights have “defamed” Floyd’s memory and the “reckless” and “cruel way” he was killed.

“Instead of the smug face of the officer with his knee on George’s neck killing him [in] eight long minutes the image we have instead is an old lady in a wheelchair getting beaten up by two looters trying to steal her purse. What you have is affordable housing being burnt to the ground, the third precinct being burned, minority-owned businesses being burned,” he remarked. “You see…wanton violence that is disgusting in a community, a marginal community, that will take decades to recover if it ever does. It is just a tragedy, a municipal tragedy.”

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The CRISIS ACTORS seemed to be hard at work.  How can that be addressed – hiring folks to facilitate a riot and the destruction of our city and others?  We have to find an answer to that problem.

Davidson County is supposed to be in Phase 2 of the virus recovery. Does what happened this weekend mean everything is wide open again?  Or will the Mayor decide that we should go backward?

Our local malls closed on Sunday because of the threats. One of the most disturbing sights I saw (from the helicopter camera) was the rioters leaving the Court House area and start down Broadway severely damaging the businesses that have just been allowed to open after months of being closed and no law enforcement in sight. That could have been stopped.

In addition, what about the economic impact of this destruction in our city and all across the nation.  How will that be dealt with in the economic circumstances in which we live today ?

Our state and nation are in deep trouble when we see this much destruction happening in a few days. And, yes I know and believe, that all this didn’t JUST HAPPEN.  I believe a great deal of it was orchestrated.

We certainly MUST be praying that God would raise up those who would stand against this kind of thing and that all the ‘hidden things will be revealed’ so that appropriate action can be taken.

And speaking of prayer, PLEASE be praying for the members of the General Assembly as they come back to Nashville today to go to work for the week. On the heels of all the events of the weekend, please pray for their safety, the safety at the Capitol and the Cordell Hull building.

Blessings

Bobbie Patray.

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