Huge crowd of Nashvillians gather for Black Lives Matter protest

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people gathered tonight in Public Square to protest the recent murders of Alton Brown and Philando Castile in other American cities.  The event, which was organized before Thursday night’s killing of five Dallas police officers, continued on to Broadway and ended near the police headquarters in the rain.

Tony Gonzalez of Nashville Public Radio followed along with the protestors.

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More police for Nashville Pride Festival

MNPD Chief Steve Anderson said that his department will “have a quite visible presence” for the Nashville Pride Festival on June 24 and 25:

Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando shocked all of us and has understandably caused concern among those planning to attend this year’s Nashville Pride Festival.  I have directed Lt. David Leavitt in Special Events to develop a staffing plan with extra-duty officers that clearly demonstrates this police department’s commitment to safety for all festival goers.  Without going into specifics, this department will have a quite visible presence in and around Public Square Park on the 24th and 25th as part of our mission to advance safety, fairness and equality for all.

The Special Events staffing will be in addition to personnel provided each year through a private security company contracted by the organizers of the Nashville Pride Festival.

Owners of LGBT-oriented businesses are also encouraged to report suspicious activity to the police.

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Bike to Work Day will not be in a thunderstorm; it’s been rescheduled

Even though National Bike to Work Day will continue on this Friday, Nashville’s version of the event has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, May 24.  In an email to supporters, Walk Bike Nashville wrote, “While we don’t mind riding our bicycles in the rain, riding in thunderstorms is generally not recommended.”  The event’s group rides will ride in from around town (see the map to join a ride) to converge on downtown’s Public Square at 8 am, where there will be free refreshments.

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