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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –A Metro officer was injured after a huge group of bikers took over Broadway in Downtown Nashville Saturday afternoon.
Video provided to News 2 shows bikes and ATVs driving recklessly up and down Broadway, which was full of crowds downtown for Saturday’s SEC tournament games.
Video also showed Metro police trying to stop some of the riders, but one was almost hit and another fell off his motorcycle.
Metro police estimated over 100 people riding dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs participated in the illegal ride.
Officials confirmed that Sgt. John Bourque, a 22-year veteran, was dragged by a four-wheeler.
Video of the incident shows Sgt. Bourque being slammed into barricade and multiple bystanders rushing to his aid.
He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. He has since been released.
Another officer received minor injuries that did not require medical attention.
The Fraternal Order of Police released a statement following the incident, which reads:
Our officers remain committed to their mission to promote a safe and peaceful environment in Nashville. This is another example of the many risks and sacrifices associated with accomplishing that mission. This blatant disregard for the safety of our community and those who serve it cannot be tolerated. We are confident that the MNPD will endeavor to identify and charge all who were involved in this reckless and willful act of endangerment. Furthermore, it is imperative for Nashville’s leadership to send a clear message to this community that the safety of Nashvillians and its public servants must be a priority well above the lawlessness that caused several injuries to our officers and cost Nashville taxpayers thousands of unnecessary dollars.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.