Sunday, March 31 2013 5:15 PM EDT2013-03-31 21:15:34 GMT
(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 membersMore >>
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.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) - 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 area for four and a half hours. No umbrellas, tripods or weapons of any kind were allowed inside. One protester was arrested during the rally. The person in custody is from Michigan, and was charged with disorderly conduct.
Many gathered for a variety of reasons – some to witness history and others to protest the KKK with some even upset with the amount of police present.
"I came here today because I want my kids to see what ignorance looks like," said anti-KKK protester Tra McFadden who is in an interracial family. "I wanted them to see this because they're young and they're coming up in an age where a lot of them, they've missed their ways and they don't know what the past is about. So I wanted them to see it first hand so that they don't fall in the same foot steps that my parents had.
Andre Flagg came to remember the 1998 rally, hoping history would not repeat itself.
"It was kind of hectic, we was closer and there was a lot of shouting back and forth then all of a sudden somebody threw a rock of something, and all of a sudden they started throwing tear gas," said Flagg recalling the last rally.
About an hour into the rally, 17-year-old Joseph Cartwright entered the protest wearing a confederate flag over his shoulders.
"I know my rights and I know I'm allowed to, that's why I have it one," said Cartwright.
Cartwright was with his family who were protesting the name change of the parks but not the KKK. He was escorted out by police, and was not allowed back in for his safety.
But the protest continued, rather peacefully.
"They're everywhere and they need to be weeded out and they need to be shown that no matter," said McFadden talking about the KKK's rally.
Everyone was cleared out by 3:40 p.m., and the streets opened by up by 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 6 2014 1:01 PM EST2014-03-06 18:01:51 GMT
Rap Artist Lil Boosie was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola Wednesday night.A native of Baton Rouge, the rapper has fans worldwide who have commonly used the term "Free Boosie" sinceMore >>
Rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, walked out of prison a free man Wednesday evening, after being locked up for more than four years.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 6:53 AM EST2014-03-06 11:53:04 GMT
Many may be wondering what to do with all of those beads you caught at parades this year. Gulf Coast Industries has a way for you to put those Mardi Gras beads to very good use. The company has beenMore >>
If you're wondering what to do with that pile of beads sitting on your coffee table the day after Mardi Gras, we have an answer. Gulf Coast Industries offers a way for you to put those Mardi Gras beads to very good use.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 6:54 AM EST2014-03-07 11:54:09 GMT
Following the first 911 call Tuesday night about the apartment building fire in D'Iberville, first responders were initially sent to the wrong apartment complex.More >>
Following the first 911 call Tuesday night about the apartment building fire in D'Iberville, first responders were initially sent to the wrong apartment complex. The mix-up involves a cellphone 911 call that went to the wrong dispatch center and the coincidence that there happens to be an apartment complex with a very similar name in Biloxi.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:17 PM EST2014-03-07 02:17:28 GMT
On Wednesday, there was a large presence of Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers and Wildlife officials searching the woods near the home where the child went missing. More >>
The search for 2-year-old Myra Lewis, missing since Saturday, continued on Thursday. Multiple agencies, including the FBI, Madison Deputies, the Madison Police Department have set up at a church about a mile from where the little girl went missing.More >>