As the weather warms, the sun has become less intense, making it easier to take pictures and record videos on the city’s many outdoor screens.
But in this warmer months, the heat has added an element of drama to the cityscape.
On July 6, 2017, Joshua Johnson, who has since been known by his initials JOHNN, was out for a walk in the woods in Williamson County, Tennessee, when a man came running up behind him.
Johnson said he tried to duck down behind a tree and hid behind a bush.
“I think he was scared and wanted to get out of there,” he said.
“But I had my cellphone out.”
The man, who would later be identified as John Jones, yelled at Johnson and began to beat him with a stick, Johnson said.
He also threw something at him.
“He said, ‘Get out of my way, you ugly bitch,'” Johnson said, and punched him in the face.
He said he punched Jones several more times in the head, including in the jaw.
The incident left Johnson with a black eye and bruises on his face and hands.
Jones was charged with battery, battery, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The Williamson County Attorney’s office declined to press charges against him.
Jones, who was initially charged with assaulting a peace officer, was later charged with trespassing and released.
Johnson, however, was not satisfied.
He took photos and videos of the incident and posted them online, using a pseudonym.
He has since received hundreds of thousands of views on social media and been called “the first black man to post video to social media” by People magazine.
He is now planning to continue posting his videos and photos.
The video shows Johnson walking down the street and seeing Jones walking by, yelling something.
He stops in his tracks and turns to look, but is shocked to see Johnson, the video shows, pushing him back.
Jones then turns and punches Johnson in the neck.
Johnson says Jones then grabs him and hits him again in the back of the head.
Johnson tries to defend himself with his phone, but he was pushed down and his phone is left hanging.
The attack continued for a few more seconds.
Johnson then starts to flee, but a passing police car catches up to him.
The police officer then pulls Johnson out of the car, places him in handcuffs and puts him on a police car.
Johnson told police he ran away after he saw Jones grab him, according to the criminal complaint.
Johnson was charged again with battery and disorderly behavior, but the charges were dismissed.
Johnson’s family told PEOPLE they are grateful for the outpouring of support and for the encouragement of friends and neighbors to share the videos.
“If I was white and had been charged with a crime like this, they would have been angry,” said his father, Joshua Jones.
“They would have taken it out on me and their son.”
He added, “We’re still hoping that something positive will come of it.”