Newly discovered footage shows Tennessee state representative Justin Jones stopping cars and attacking drivers during protests outside of the state Capitol in 2020. At the time, Jones had denied allegations of violence, according to The Post Millennial.
“They will try to push a false narrative portraying me as ‘violent’ as a way to deflect from their own actions. They will suggest that I am out of order. That is their strategy. However, I’m hopeful for the chance to present our evidence in a transparent manner.” Jones tweeted in 2021.
They will try to push a false narrative portraying me as “violent” as a way to deflect from their own actions. They will suggest that I am out of order. That is their strategy. However, I’m hopeful for the chance to present our evidence in a transparent manner.
— Rep. Justin Jones (@brotherjones_) June 23, 2021
Local blog Scoop Nashville featured the violent footage in 2021. The site noted:
“In June of 2020, Justin Bautista-Jones, better known as ‘Brother Jones’ locally, was one of the publicly visible (often by design) protestors at the State Capitol. He received a lot of pushback from his own community after it was discovered he was often only making appearances when he knew there would be media coverage, and eventually had a falling out with one of the other most visible female members of the group.
“Throughout the entire time, he has faced over a dozen charges but always denied that he was violent – despite multiple assaults, assault on an officer, and reckless endangerment charges. In the newly obtained video, one of his assaults was captured, and presented to the Grand Jury – and he was indicted on two counts of reckless endangerment.”
Dressed in all black and a tan-brimmed hat, the future lawmaker could be seen attempting to stop a white truck trying to drive around them by placing a traffic cone in front of the vehicle.
Undeterred, the driver runs over the cone, causing the group to approach the truck and yell at him with a megaphone.
Appearing angered by the driver’s actions, Jones can be seen pulling the cone from underneath the vehicle and using it to repeatedly jab the driver, who attempts to smack it away.
As the driver tries to speed up, Jones tosses it into the truck, but the driver quickly pushes it out and makes his getaway.
Jones, a Democrat who led an anti-gun protest into the state Capitol last month, was reinstated to the House on Monday after he was expelled. The Nashville Metropolitan Council unanimously voted to reappoint him as an interim representative for the 52nd District. All 36 members of the council voted in favor of reinstating him, marking a unanimous vote.
Jones, who is black, naturally claimed that his expulsion was due to a “white supremacist system,” not the fact that he violated several House rules in helping lead the storming of the state Capitol, which Republicans likened to an “insurrection.”
“Though their vote was racist, though their vote was to expel the two youngest Black lawmakers, their attack on democracy hurts all of us, whether you’re Black, brown or White, it’s an assault on all of us,” Jones told one of the most racist human beings on the planet, MSNBC‘s Al Sharpton.
During his incarnation as an activist, Jones was previously barred from contacting certain “lawmakers and visiting the legislative building until April 22, 2020,” according to The Post Millennial. This was the result of a separate incident in which he was accused of throwing a cup of liquid at ex-House Speaker Glen Casada.
The fact that he was reinstated so quickly by left-wing Democratic city lawmakers reveals — again — they only care about power, not the rule of law.