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.
Holy shit. During a committee hearing on a bill to bring back the electric chair and firing squads, Rep. Paul Sherrell (R-TN) says they should also bring back lynching. pic.twitter.com/Xfe8e3QpHv
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) March 2, 2023