protest followup

This still shot was taken from video filmed by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter flying over the protests on May 31. The image, uploaded online by the Murfreesboro Police Department, shows protesters blocking the intersection of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and East Main Street not long before police deployed tear gas. THP

Even as officials finished tallying the costs for May protests in Murfreesboro, another was scheduled to take place last Saturday near the city square.

The May 31 protests cost the city and county more than $200,000, officials say.

The City of Murfreesboro spent an estimated $90,000, including about $72,000 in police overtime, said Melissa Wright, finance director/city recorder.

The Rutherford County government spent $110,505.06, according to information provided by Sonya Stephenson, human resources director and records coordinator.

The city and county answers were in request to open records requests made by the Murfreesboro Post.

In response to receiving a large number of requests for video footage of the protests, the Murfreesboro Police Department published the footage for all the public at this address: Warning: Foul language is used in some of the footage.

This footage includes videos taken by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter that patrolled the city. In one of the videos, the helicopter crew mentions police were on the lookout for suspects in connection with the alleged breaking of a window at Whiskey Dix Saloon. The description was a white man in a black T-shirt and khaki pants, along with another white man, they said.

MPD dashcam videos show protesters walking down the middle of city streets accompanied by vehicles driving slowly, sometimes with people on top, congesting traffic. Some people went to the MPD headquarters on North Highland Avenue and others to Middle Tennessee State University, where they blocked traffic in the intersection until tear gas was deployed.

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