KKK rally prompts city of Memphis to consider changing permit process

MEMPHIS, Tenn.(WVLT)--The Memphis City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on changing the ordinance on parades and assemblies, prompted by a scheduled Ku Klux Klan rally.

Council members are set to vote on giving the city police director broad discretion to set conditions for applying for the permits.

The proposal would put the cost of providing additional police security onto the groups requesting permits, ban the wearing of masks for the purpose of civil rights intimidation and highlight a ban on carrying weapons in public facilities in Memphis.

Police Director Toney Armstrong has already set conditions for the upcoming Klan rally. Members of the white supremacist group said they plan to protest the renaming of three city parks, which had honored the Confederacy.


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