On Saturday, local citizens gathered in several locations and peacefully marched through many areas of Lebanon. We are proud of the way it was handled by the organizers who stated prior to the protest that any violent activity would not be tolerated by them. In situations like these, we appreciate their efforts in keeping the protest peaceful and exercising their constitutional rights the way it was designed to be.
Per a recent Facebook post by the Lebanon Police Department regarding an incident on Wednesday, it was stated that, “We want to thank those who have sent us pictures and a video of individuals that were demonstrating on our square Wednesday evening, displaying messages of hate and division. We had actually already been working on investigating this incident. We have video surveillance equipment on the square to protect our peaceful demonstrators, and after reviewing the footage and interviewing witnesses, we have concluded that these individuals were the same ones identified in a similar incident in Cookeville. The individuals left the area in a vehicle with California tags. Our investigation is continuing.”
“We appreciate the organizers getting the information out early regarding the peaceful protest that occurred on Saturday, which was anti-violent,” stated Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We will continue to work with local agencies to ensure a safe environment for these types of events. I encourage everyone to express your constitutional right in a positive way such as the way it was done on Saturday. In conclusion, anyone who is instigating violence throughout our community or messages of hate will not be permitted.”