Klan Arrives in Memphis; Police Continue To Prepare

Klan Arrives in Memphis; Police Continue To Prepare

The head of the Loyal White Knights says Klan members have started arriving in Memphis ahead of Saturday's planned rally outside the Shelby County Courthouse.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The head of the Loyal White Knights says Klan members have started arriving in Memphis ahead of Saturday's planned rally outside the Shelby County Courthouse.

Edward, the Exalted Cyclops of the Knights, estimated Thursday night that three hotels are already full of Klan members eager to participate.

Their arrival comes as Memphis Police continue to prepare for Saturday. MPD Director Toney Armstrong says his officers have trained and practiced for Saturday's event. Armstrong says a group called "Power to the People" has also applied for a permit to hold a rally from 11-1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In a meeting with local media on Thursday afternoon, Armstrong said the KKK will be bussed in from an undisclosed location. Armstrong said another area will be set up for those wishing to protest the rally.

"We have had some intel of several gangs within the city that has expressed a desire to come down and protest, which is their right," he said.

Armstrong says of all the things involving Saturday, he's most worried about those gang members fighting each other.

"We are basically sitting on a powder keg that can go at any time," Armstrong said.

A block away from the planned rally outside the courthouse, it was business as usual for Fred Othmani, owner of Qahwa Coffee Bar.

Othmani said he plans to be open on Saturday, despite his close proximity to the rally.

"If they break a window or two, the insurance will pay for it, but if they are going to start looting, I mean, I have to protect my business," Othmani said.

"I am not excited to see it, but I am excited to have it done," he said.
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