2 arrested in protest over Confederate statue in Tennessee

By Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 28, 2019 at 2:57 p.m.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Law enforcement agents have arrested two protesters at Tennessee's state Capitol amid a protest demanding the removal of a bust of Confederate cavalry general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Thursday's arrests marked the latest escalating demonstrations at the Tennessee Legislature this year. State troopers detained Jeneisha Harris and Justin Jones, the two activists who have led sit-ins and other protests at the Capitol this year

Prior to the arrest, a cup of coffee was thrown into an elevator that the House speaker, Glen Casada, was in. Harris was arrested after ducking underneath a rope blocking off the public from getting close to the Confederate bust.

Casada recently said he supported adding more context or moving the bust to a museum should the Legislature choose that course.

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