Saturday, March 30 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-03-31 00:37:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Despite the rain, more than 1,000 people passed through police security Saturday to counter-protest in a designated anti-KKK spot. Anti-KKK protesters lined the fence of their designated areaMore >>
Despite the rain, more than 1,000 people passed through police security Saturday to counter-protest in a designated anti-KKK spot.More >>
Tuesday, February 26 2013 1:49 PM EST2013-02-26 18:49:26 GMT
MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – KKK members have usually shrouded themselves in anonymity throughout their hateful history. The Tennessee area leader known as the "exalted cyclops" did not want to be fully identified whenMore >>
A local KKK member said the "largest rally Memphis has ever seen" will take place as a result of the city council's decision to rename three city parks. More >>
Monday, February 18 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-02-19 04:48:10 GMT
MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – There is a battle over the names of several confederate themed parks in Memphis, with a new campaign to keep the names. You might say, "It's on," when it comes to the battle overMore >>
There is a battle over the names of several confederate themed parks in Memphis, with a new campaign to keep the names.More >>
Wednesday, February 13 2013 6:48 AM EST2013-02-13 11:48:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor AC Wharton spoke to the Rotary Club Tuesday and addressed the controversy that prompted the KKK to promise its largest rally ever in the Bluff City. The controversy began whenMore >>
Memphis Mayor AC Wharton spoke to the Rotary Club Tuesday and addressed the controversy that prompted the KKK to promise its largest rally ever in the Bluff City.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - The KKK had a First Amendment right to rally. Memphis Police and supporting agencies had a duty to keep things civil. In the end, police said their plan was a success.
Roughly 60 Klan members gathered on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse after being bused in from The Pyramid.
Their rhetoric was drowned out by the rain and a supposedly faulty megaphone. But retired judge and civil rights leader D'Army Bailey heard enough to know it was the same old song and dance.
"I think they have small kids they're teaching this wretched hatred. But they're smaller in number now," said Bailey.
Meanwhile, hundreds of law enforcement officers, including SWAT and K-9 units, controlled the impenetrable perimeter. It kept some 1,200 counter protesters from clashing with the KKK.
"Our overwhelming show of force certainly deterred anybody who came down with ill intent," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.
Armstrong was injured working the last Klan rally in 1998, and was committed as the current top cop to stopping a repeat situation.
Mayor A C Wharton said the lack of injury and property damage Saturday is proof things worked, unlike a similar rally 15 years ago.
"We in Memphis and Shelby County and in this region took what could have been the worst of times and turned it into the best of times, in terms of dealing with dissent even when the voices are voices we're not pleased with," said Wharton.
Memphis Police said they made just one arrest. The person in custody is a counter protester from Michigan who was charged with disorderly conduct.
Other than that, MPD reports no injuries and no property damage.
Police ended Saturday with a successful plan of action in case the Klan ever comes back.
Director Armstrong will have exact numbers on total officers and the dollars in the coming days.
Friday, August 29 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:05:03 GMT
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia.More >>
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:45:32 GMT
It was a short and simple ceremony on the Biloxi Town Green Friday morning to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. High school students solemnly read the names of those killed by the storm.More >>
A small crowd gathered on the town green in Biloxi on Friday morning for the annual Hurricane Katrina observance. Nine years after the storm, Mayor A.J. Holloway acknowledged the tremendous losses, but also talked about the significant progress that's been made in the years since.More >>