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 >>
Sunday, July 27 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:04:36 GMT
Following a bank robbery at a Memphis bank Saturday morning, Memphis police search for a suspectMore >>
Following a bank robbery at a Memphis bank Saturday morning, Memphis police search for a suspect.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.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:54:07 GMT
Leaders of Oasis Church say they received more than 1,000 inquiries about the free house, but those interested say it would cost too much to move the structure.More >>
A free house offer fell through for a Pascagoula church. Last month, WLOX reported that Oasis Church wanted to find a good home for an old house. Leaders posted the house on social media and Craigslist. The post went viral, but there were no takers. So this week, the house came crashing down.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>