Over the past several weeks members of Occupy Nashville have been exercising their 1st Amendment rights to assemble in a public space and redress their grievances, specifically over the corruption that has taken place in our government as a result of corporate influences.
During this time, citizens with this movement have witnessed illegal activity, destruction of property and been victim to brutality by individuals not affiliated with Occupy Nashville at Legislative Plaza. We have, with each incident, been diligent about reporting these acts to the proper metro and state authorities. Shockingly, with many of these occurrences, there has been a failure by the authorities to respond at Legislative Plaza, putting citizens at increased risk.
Occupy Nashville members are seriously concerned for the safety of citizens using our public space at Legislative plaza and elsewhere. Local law enforcement has a duty to protect and serve the public. Failure to do so, puts all of our citizens at risk. All of us contribute as taxpayers in order that we may have a safe community and be able to use our public spaces. It is the duty of law enforcement to respond to safety concerns from the public and as citizens we should demand it.