Tennessee GOP Rep Floats Return To Lynchings [VIDEO]

Nashville’s ABC affiliate reports:

State Rep. Paul Sherrell (R-Sparta) is now apologizing after comments he made Tuesday suggesting Tennessee’s death row inmates be executed by “hanging by a tree.”

Sherrell’s comments took place during a House Criminal Justice Committee meeting Tuesday, discussing an amendment to a bill that would allow death row inmates to be executed with a firing squad.

During the meeting, Sherrell expressed support for the proposed change, saying, “Could I put an amendment on that it would include hanging by a tree, also?”

Read the full article. Sherrell has apologized after an outcry from civil rights groups including the NAACP, who pointed out Tennessee’s history of lynchings.