PHOTOS: Thousands march through downtown Nashville June 13 in ongoing protests against police brutality

Thousands made their way through downtown Nashville in protest of police brutality and racism on June 13.
Thousands made their way through downtown Nashville in protest of police brutality and racism on June 13.

Thousands made their way through downtown Nashville in protest of police brutality and racism on June 13.

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Patrons of a bar on Broadway look on as protestors make their way through downtown Nashville.
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Thousands made their way through downtown Nashville in protest of police brutality and racism on June 13.
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Protestors gather before turning onto Broadway in Nashville.
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Law enforcement officers and the National Guard blocked the steps leading up to the state capitol on June 13.
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Protestors knelt on Broadway for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on June 13.
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Protestors held signs in support of police reform in downtown Nashville June 13.
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Thousands made their way through downtown Nashville in protest of police brutality and racism on June 13.
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Protestors gather before turning onto Broadway in Nashville.
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Police officers in riot gear set up barricades along the sidewalks of Broadway June 13.
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Protestors marched back towards the state capitol in the early evening of June 13.
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A protestor speaks along the barriers surrounding the state capitol building June 13.

Thousands of peaceful protesters marched through Broadway and around the state capitol June 13 in opposition to racism and police brutality.


The March for Justice, endorsed by Black Lives Matter Nashville, began at the Legislative Plaza downtown and flowed through Broadway as onlookers from the recently reopened honky tonks and bars looked down on protesters kneeling in the street between sidewalks barricaded by law enforcement officers in riot gear.

As the marchers made their way back up to the plaza and towards the state capitol, cries for police reform and the removal of the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest were directed to Gov. Bill Lee while law enforcement and members of the National Guard blocked the steps leading up to the building.


The march is the latest in a number of protests and events held downtown in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery as well as several other black Americans who have been killed in recent weeks.


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