New footage has emerged on The Post Millennial showing Tennessee State Representative Justin Jones running up to cars on the street and assaulting a driver as recently as three years ago.
Jones, who made national headlines for joining anti-gun protestors in storming the state’s capitol last month, was expelled from the chamber only to be reinstated Monday after pressure from progressive activists. In video from June 2020, Jones is seen throwing a traffic cone at a moving vehicle after Jones claimed the driver hurled racial slurs. A grand jury indicted him on two counts of reckless endangerment. Other charges including assaulting a police officer were later dismissed in an attempt to reach a plea agreement.
NEW: Video emerges of Tennessee state representative Justin Jones in Nashville assaulting drivers during the summer of 2020.
Jones is a criminal.pic.twitter.com/zfPUcxgu2q
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) April 13, 2023
Reacting to the release of the footage, Jones on Twitter sought to allay concerns about his behavior, tweeting, “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.”
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
Not long before the incident, Jones was banned from entering the Capitol building for throwing a cup of liquid at former House Speaker Glen Casada.
Before taking office in 2022, Jones was a vocally active protestor in Nashville’s progressive circles. During the height of protests following the murder of George Floyd, Jones was videotaped leading chants atop a police cruiser. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) later dismissed charges related to damage of the vehicle. He is a graduate of Fisk University where he campaigned against voter ID laws and fought to expand access to Medicaid, and he later attended Vanderbilt Divinity School.
In the days following the expulsion of Jones and other lawmakers, national Democrats organized a fundraiser that brought in over $250,000 to support their re-election campaigns.