Ku Klux Klan Rallies in Downtown Memphis

Ku Klux Klan Rallies in Downtown Memphis

Hundreds of protesters were in downtown Memphis where the Ku Klux Klan rallied at the Shelby County Courthouse steps.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Hundreds of protesters were in downtown Memphis where the Ku Klux Klan rallied at the Shelby County Courthouse steps.

More than 1,200 people passed through the security checkpoint at the perimeter of the restricted area cordoned off for the rally. Klan members assembled on the sidewalk at the foot of the Shelby County Courthouse steps, a good distance away from the media and protesters. Klan members used bullhorns, but what they were difficult to hear due to the heavy rain and crowd noise, as well as the distance from where they staged.

Although their rally started an hour late, Klan members wrapped up just after 3 p.m. According to Memphis police, 61 Klan members participated in the rally and 1,274 people passed through the security checkpoint. Only one arrest was made for disorderly conduct, and there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

The focus of their rally was to protest the renaming of three Memphis parks: Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park. New permanent names have not yet been decided by the Memphis City Council; a specially-named committee was formed to research the matter.
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