Hours after a loud, but peaceful “White Lives Matter” rally wrapped up Saturday in Shelbyville, which attracted many protestors, a fight broke out between a smaller group of white supremacists in a Brentwood sports bar.
Midtown Hills Precinct detectives are investigating an assault that occurred Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at the Corner Pub, 710 Old Hickory Boulevard, when a group of people allegedly began an altercation involving a bi-racial couple.
The couple, a 30-year-old white woman and a 37-year-old African American man, was sitting at a table when a group of 20-30 white men and women entered the restaurant. They sat at a table behind the couple when, according to the woman, one of the individuals asked her to “guess”. She responded “white lives matter.”
Another said “that’s right” and told her to join their table and leave her boyfriend. The argument inside apparently escalated even after the female victim had gone outside to deescalate the situation. After another woman in the group reportedly began to argue with the victim, a man allegedly struck her in the face with his fist, causing a cut above her eye. She refused medical treatment.
The white supremacists appeared to be from out of state.
“She said the suspects fled in multiple vehicles, including a white van with a Wisconsin license plate and a sedan with a New York license plate,” according to police.
The fight was also caught on tape.
The fight was captured on video by Annelise Werme, a Tennessee resident who said she had driven to Brentwood to escape “the rally chaos” farther south. While at the Corner Pub, Werme said she recognized a group of white supremacists walk into the restaurant.
“These guys, maybe 20 of them, dressed in all black, paraded through to an adjoining room, and immediately started harassing a biracial [interracial] couple there,” Werme wrote in Facebook post that has since been widely shared. “It broke out into a huge fight with them busting open the face of the white girl who was furious with them for harassing them. I honestly can’t believe this is happening. My heart hurts.”
Werme posted a picture of the group of men filing into the restaurant, along with video of the altercation after it had apparently spilled out onto the street. Footage showed a tight cluster of people, shoving one another and appearing to shout. At one point, a woman is pushed back against a window of the pub and blood is visible on her face.
With aggressive races for both a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s chair up for grabs, we’ll see what all this portends in the political arena.