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Middle Tennessee racial protest leader charged in traffic cone toss into truck

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville prosecutors filed charges of reckless endangerment against a Black protester accused of throwing a traffic cone into the driver’s side window of a pickup truck in downtown Nashville last summer during a protest against racial injustice.

Court records show Justin Jones was arrested on the charges stemming from the June 2020 protest in which officials say Jones and others demonstrators blocked vehicles near the state Capitol.

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk’s office released security footage of the incident Wednesday. He said his office "does not intend to prosecute peaceful protestors.”

Jones said the driver was yelling racial slurs and pushing his car into protesters. He accused law enforcement of pushing a false narrative that he is violent.

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