25-year-old arrested for allegedly setting fire to Nashville's historic courthouse

25-year-old arrested for allegedly setting fire to Nashville's historic courthouse
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Police in Tennessee arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of setting fire to a historic courthouse in Nashville on Saturday night during protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

A tweet from the Nashville police department identified the suspect as Wesley Somers, and noted that Somers was charged with vandalism, disorderly conduct and felony arson for the fire Saturday evening that damaged the historic building.

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Somers was apparently one of three people seen in photos released by Nashville police causing damage to city buildings during Saturday's demonstrations; the city hall was also partially burned by fire and suffered other vandalism.

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28 people were arrested on various charges during the protests Saturday, according to Nashville police, while 30 businesses and other buildings in the city were reportedly damaged.