Republican members of the Tennessee legislature say they are concerned about the increased willingness for physical confrontation exhibited by protesters, two of whom were charged with assault last week after cornering a group of lawmakers in the Capitol building.
The latest clash came on Thursday, when protesters demanding the removal of a bust of a Confederate general mobbed lawmakers and threw a cup of coffee into a group of them. The confrontation led to the arrest of activists Justin Jones and Jeneisha Harris, who were hit with assault and disorderly conduct charges.
The presence of Jones, who has been temporarily banned from the Capitol, has become commonplace in recent years, but the willingness to physically confront members has increased, Republicans say.
Jones was arrested last year for trespassing and resisting arrest after he disrupted a campaign event for Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.), but the physical confrontation is new. Two weeks before this Thursday’s assault arrest, Jones “bumped” Speaker Glen Casada in the halls of the Capitol while demanding a meeting on the Confederate bust.
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