NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Enough is Enough Tennessee sit-in came to an end with the protesters being arrested and escorted out of the building.
Women with the activist group refused to leave the state capitol until they get a chance to speak with Governor Bill Lee about calling for the resignation of Rep. David Byrd.
Byrd was accused of sexual assault by women he used to coach in basketball decades ago. One of his accusers participated in the sit-in.
Byrd has not denied any wrongdoing, but said in part"Conduct over 30 years ago is difficult, at best, to recall, but as a Christian, I have said and I will repeat, that if I hurt or emotionally upset any of my students, I am truly sorry and apologize."
The women began their protest Tuesday afternoon. Members of the group tried to rush the governor's office when the door was unlocked Wednesday morning, but were quickly removed by troopers.
However, they were forced out late Wednesday night without getting the answers they demanded.
State troopers gave the group a warning, saying if they didn't leave they would be arrested. At that point several women did leave the building. However, a small group of at least five women stayed and were arrested soon after.
On Thursday, the group released the following statement on their Twitter page:
— Enough is Enough TN (@stopbyrd) April 18, 2019