Protesters Cover Sam Davis Monument At State Capitol

Posted at 9:12 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 22:12:01-04

Protesters marched through the streets of downtown Nashville in response to the National Order of Police 2017 convention being in town.

The group started in Public Square Park marched down Broadway and ended at the State Capitol. Demonstrators told NewsChannel 5 that their rally was in response to the FOP National Conference which kicked off at Opryland Monday.

That's where protesters covered a statue of Confederate soldier Sam Davis and chained a bust of Terence Crutcher in its place.

Crutcher was killed by a white police officer, Betty Shelby, in Tulsa Oklahoma. She was was later acquitted in the case.

Shelby was said to be a speaker at the conference. Her attorney said resigned from the Tulsa police department in July but was sworn in Thursday as an unpaid reserve deputy for the nearby Rogers County Sheriff's Office.

Attorney Shannon McMurray said Shelby would also be speaking during the Fraternal Order of Police national convention.

McMurray said Shelby would tell the group of officers to have a lawyer in mind and a plan if they are involved in a shooting.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions served as the keynote speaker, announcing a controversial move to once again allow the federal government to provide surplus military equipment to local police.