NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NewsChannel 5 Investigates has obtained emails sent by state officials as they launched two nights of arrests at Occupy Nashville.
Perhaps most stunning those emails show concerns that all the manpower put into the arrests could end up causing more deaths on the roads.
Those emails -- more than 250 messages in all -- were released late Wednesday under Tennessee's public records law.
Long before Occupy protestors prepared for arrest on that first night -- arrests that finally came around 3 a.m. on Oct. 28 -- the emails show Department of Safety and Homeland Security personnel engaged in what they called a "covert operation."
After a second night of arrests, a Highway Patrol major expressed concern that troopers likely to get the same results if they carried other protesters before a Nashville magistrate.
"I think all the magistrates in Nashville are getting their guidance from the Judge," Maj. Phil Hardin wrote. "It will be the same results with any of the other magistrates."
Despite Trott's insistence that no overtime would be necessary, his number two -- Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart -- warned of some potentially terrible consequences of that decision.
"We're coming up on the heavy holiday travel time and we could lose a great deal of the momentum we have gained in our fatalities by making the troopers burn time and not be on the road," Stewart explained.
The emails also show that, in the days leading up to the arrests, state officials were documenting misbehavior witnessed out on the Legislative Plaza and around the state Capitol.