Statement from Rep. Burchett on violence in Nashville and nationwide

May 31, 2020
Press Release

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (May 31, 2020) -- U.S. Representative Tim Burchett issued the following statement as violent rioting erupted in Nashville and in other cities across the United States: 

"The killing of George Floyd was tragic, unnecessary and unacceptable. Communities of color, and in fact our entire nation, are right to be angry, and protesting peacefully and lawfully is an appropriate way to express that anger. Rioting, as we’ve seen across our country in recent days and in Nashville tonight is illegal and unworthy of being called a protest or a rally. Looting and damaging businesses, destroying private property, vandalizing and burning public buildings are acts that distract from the memory of George Floyd and the ongoing effort to eliminate racism in our country. Thankfully, in my hometown of Knoxville, protests yesterday were peaceful. Rather than uncontrolled opportunistic violence and looting, our country need to come together in unity and in prayer."