(Memphis) Only one arrest was made at today’s KKK rally in downtown Memphis.
An anti-KKK protestor from Michigan was taken into custody, though the reason is not clear.
Memphis police estimate 61 KKK members showed up.
The protestor and onlooker estimate is around 1200.
The protestors sometimes clashed with police and yelled, “Cops and Klan go hand in hand.”
Various law enforcement agencies descended on downtown just in case.
They did not want a repeat of 1998 when protestors smashed windows and caused problems.
The main rally involved the KKK protesting recent actions by Myron Lowery and the Memphis City Council changing the names of several Confederate themed parks.
Several downtown blocks were shut down from morning until evening, in preparation for two rallies.
The first planned rally was by a group called Power to the People. That rally was scheduled from 11:00a.m. to 1:30p.m. but no one showed up.
The rally was planned as a protest against the Ku Klux Klan.
The second by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was from 1:30p.m. to 4:00p.m. at 140 Adams St.
Other groups apparently tried to apply for rally permits as well, but MPD Director Toney Armstrong said he could not approve so many rallies in such close vicinity to each other.
It’s estimated 1500 people showed up at the Heart of Memphis event on Tiger Lane.