NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A criminal justice reform protest was held Sunday afternoon at the Justice A.A. Birch Building in downtown Nashville.

The Together Movement, along with Pounding4Change, launched a campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in Nashville and Davidson County and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and reduces reliance on policing.

The march started at the justice center, located at 408 Second Ave. N.

"The moment is now to transform the criminal justice center and promote public safety in Nashville and Davidson County," Pastor Howard Jones Jr., founder of the Together Movement, said in a news release. "Jacques Clemmons and Daniel Hambrick should both be alive today. Instead, the aggressive, reckless actions of the officers involved in these incidents have taken these men and so many others from their families."

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The two organizations bring together a movement of community members, advocates, and people from all walks of life to amplify the voices of those most unfairly targeted by police.

The Pounding4Change Foundation is an organization of bikers united and pounding from city to city, state to state to make a positive change and a difference in communities peacefully and make sure our voices are heard on the local, city, state, and federal levels.

Many are saying people of color seem to experience "too much" hatred, distain, injustice, bias and other inequities that prevent minorities from experiencing a quality of life that is good and wholesome.

"We can't wait for somebody to do something, say something. We are that somebody, and we have something to say and something to do," Jones said.

One of the attendees spoke with News4 about why he's pushing for change in the justice system after he said he was arrested for a crime he did not do.

"They say you're innocent until proven guilty, but the black man is always guilty no matter what the circumstance, the situation. We are always guilty, and I just think they need to change that," Thomas Holloway said.

 

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