Dear Occupy Nashville:
Thank you for your letter. Please be assured that this administration wholeheartedly supports your First Amendment right to express your views. As you said, Legislative Plaza should be a place where you and other citizens have an opportunity to exercise their rights of speech and assembly.
For that reason, the safety and security of Legislative Plaza is of great importance to this administration and, in our opinion, to you and other citizens desiring to use the Plaza. The safety and security of the Plaza will not only benefit you but will have an effect on others who live in, work in, and visit downtown Nashville. Thank you for acknowledging the professionalism of the Tennessee Highway Patrol because those officers are the ones who ultimately provide that safety and security to the Plaza.
Legislative Plaza is a public space citizens should be able to utilize and enjoy. We appreciate your willingness and commitment to do your part to help make it an orderly, clean and safe public space.