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3 cited in protest at Tennessee prison contractor

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CoreCivic's Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility (WSMV file photo) CoreCivic's Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility (WSMV file photo)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Metro Police say three people were cited during a protest at the headquarters of private corrections contractor CoreCivic on Thursday.

MNPD spokesman Don Aaron says the three were issued misdemeanor citations for their actions at CoreCivic's headquarters in Green Hills.

Jeannie Alexander, 46, Patrick Bigg, 30, were charged with criminal trespassing and Dami Feral, 40, was charged with assault. 

Aaron says Alexander and Bigg crossed a line set up on company property, assembled and sat down in a makeshift jail cell and refused to move.

While a security officer tried to stop them, Feral allegedly threw a substance resembling fake blood on the officer.

Aaron says about 35 people participated in the protest.

According to organizers, the protest was designed to "welcome" CoreCivic shareholders attending the company's annual shareholder's meeting and "fiercely demand the abolition of for-profit prisons."

CoreCivic is contracted by the Tennessee Department of Corrections and operates eight facilities across the state.

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