Clarksville man attempts to incite violence at Saturday protest

30-year-old Troy Wright was charged with inciting to riot and driving on a revoked license after attempting to encourage violence towards law enforcement during a Clarksville protest last Saturday, per report.

On May 30th, Officer Price reported protestors for racial injustice at the intersection of Wilma Rudolph Blvd and Terminal Rd. Over the course of the evening, one of the participants in the protest-Troy Wright-began to scream obscenities and threatened to shoot and injure law enforcement. According to the affidavit, Wright was encouraging other participants in the protest to do the same. At around 10 p.m, Wright reportedly approached attending officers and made threats to their safety with a closed fist.

Troy Wright (MCSO)
Troy Wright (MCSO)

Wright had to be held back numerous times by other participants. The man’s behavior made the crowed more active and unruly, per report. Wright’s friends proceeded to take the man back to his residence, but only for a short while: Wright reportedly drove himself back to the designated location of the protest, becoming “increasingly more aggressive, cursing and threatening officers as well as other protesters.” Wright’s friends once again took the man back to his home.

The protestors, which totaled approximately 100 people at this time, would settle down each time Wright vacated the premises but would become more disorderly each time he returned. Further investigation revealed Wright’s license to have been revoked, this serving as his sixth offense of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Troy Wright was arrested and charged with inciting to riot and driving on a revoked license. His bond was set at $60,000.

Blaine Kellar

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