Memphis Police ready in case of additional protests this weekend

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --  "Wake up. Quit doing stupid stuff. Everybody needs to calm down."

Those were the strong words from Memphis' Interim Police Director Mike Rallings as Memphians get ready for another weekend, anticipating what could be another round of protests.

"The one the other day went well. Crazy but it ended well. So if it was one like that, it will be okay," said Aly Dematti of West Memphis, Arkansas.

"I think it's sort of puts citizens at risk and visitors when you do anything to block bridges and pathways people take," said Anthony Prather of South Memphis.

With a call for a Day of Solidarity Friday, an event that's also been linked to a Day of Rage, the head of Memphis Police said they are aware and preparing with other law enforcement to respond to whatever happens.

"We are gonna stay vigilant, alert and make sure we do everything in our power to keep the city safe,"Rallings said.

During the height of tension last weekend, Rallings called for a truce, asking for 30 days of no killings.

That didn't happen.

Just Thursday morning, there was the  124th homicide after a shooting in Orange Mound.

"What are we protesting and marching for? We need to be protesting to put the guns down. Stop the violence. That's what they need to be protesting," said one woman who lives near the shooting.

"I am not naive enough to know that I can ask and make requests. My homicide detectives can go out and make arrests and charge individuals, put criminals in jail, but at the end of the day, the community gotta step up, clergy, family members, friends," said Rallings.

We asked Rallings about people who are worried over violence with a new round of protests.

"People can control this. You don't have to participate in anything. They can sit in their home, mind their own business and make sure their family is safe," said Rallings.

No one knows for sure if this so-called nationwide protest that is spreading on social media will spill over here in Memphis this coming weekend.

Rallings said it's the 3rd or 4th threat like this they have received and so far nothing's panned out.

Still, police said they will be ready in case it does.

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