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Police Won’t Comment on Preps for KKK Rally


(Memphis) Some downtown businesses and residents say they need to know what streets will be closed so they can prepare for this weekend’s KKK rally.

They say they don’t have any information on street closures to announce yet, but they will release them in what they consider a timely manner, but as people downtown prepare themselves for crowds marching up and down the street to the courthouse they say MPD is not giving them enough warning.

“Klan rally 1998. I’ll never forget it. It was very strange,” said Tony Wyrick.

Wyrick spent the past two decades working at M&M Bail Bonds.

His office is right across the street from where the Klu Klux Klan is set to rally Saturday, and he doesn’t know how Memphis Police plan on keeping his business safe.

Wyrick fears a repeat from the riot in 1998.

“You saw people throwing things next thing you know police rushed in and tearing gas was shot,” said Wyrick.

Despite the Klan organizers promising the biggest rally in its history, and the chance for counter protestors, Memphis police aren’t telling anyone what streets are closing and what areas may be blocked off letting businesses and neighbors get a head start on preparations.

“I would like to know more and be given a heads up. In fact I think making my own escape route right about now,” said Wyrick.

News Channel 3 spent the past week trying to get that information for you. Today, the department sent this statement about closures and plans: “It will more than likely be released in the next few days. There will be no interviews regarding the subject matter.”

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