WLM member allegedly assaults woman at Brentwood restaurant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A 30-year-old woman is allegedly assaulted by a member of a the White Lives Matter group that came to the middle Tennessee on Saturday for two rallies.
The incident occurred at the Corner Pub in Brentwood just before 8 p.m. on Saturday. The victim tells FOX 17 News that a group of 20-30 people became involved in an altercation with the bi-racial couple and then she was hit in the face.
An argument escalated after someone in the group identified themselves as White Lives Matter, then another person allegedly told the woman to leave her boyfriend (who is black), and join them, according to the report taken by Metro Nashville police. The woman went outside and was followed. While arguing with another woman, a man punched her in the face.
The victim refused medical treatment for a cut above her eye. The suspect who struck the woman is described as a white man in his 30s, according to police. He was wearing a black jacket and black jeans.
Police say the suspects left the scene in several vehicles, including a white van with a Wisconsin license plate and a sedan with a New York license plate.
The victim tells FOX 17 News that she is terrified and has contacted a lawyer. She gave us a statement:
"We are truly saddened by this event. Its 2017 and its crazy racism exist on a major scale still! How does “whitelivesmatter” punch me “a white woman," in the face? What do these people stand for and how are they aloud to still assemble and protest? This society and government is truly broken! Our president is talking about players kneeling for a song about freedom, but WE are persecuted every day. We as Americans need to open our Eyes and come together stop this injustice and hate. I am just shocked this happened and don't understand why the business would serve these people when they have the right to refuse anyone. I was attacked by a gang of at least 15 men. This business allowed them to enter and leave going to there car to get who knows what. I was terrified and still am. This is my second statement, I have to talk to a lawyer for further statement."
White Lives Matter released this statement to FOX 17 News:
"We do not endorse or promote violence. The truth is, there have been a lot of sub groups who call themselves white lives matter and they are trying to put a racist tone to the movement. The only thing we are saying is Black lives matter and so do White lives. And so do the Hispanic lives. But if it's not racist to say black lives matter, then it's not racist to say white lives matter. God bless the poor soul who was beat up in Brentwood Tennessee. I hope they catch the perpetrator.
Fox 17 News reached out to Occidental Dissent's Hunter Wallace, who helped organize the White Lives Matter rally. He and other says one man identified in a reported witness video is Matthew Heimbach. The featured protest speaker is with the Traditionalist Worker Party.
Wallace says, "Our opinion is that it had nothing to do with the event. The event was over around 3:30 when we left Henry Horton Park. Everyone just left to go to a lot of different places, return home. The League of the South and a bunch of other groups we stayed around our rooms all night. I woke up to the news. So, in our view it didn't have anything to do with the event it was a TWP matter."
We reached out to TWP for comment and are waiting to hear back.
A rally was held in Shelbyville by White Nationalist groups on Saturday. A second rally in Murfreesboro was canceled at the last minute. No violence was reported at either event.
Anyone with information about the suspect or persons involved in the assault are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.