MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A protest planned to shut down the I-40 Hernando-DeSoto Bridge did not happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The protest was planned by a group calling themselves The Black Revolutionary Organization. In a news release, they said the plan was to meet at Mississippi Greenbelt River Park at 4 a.m., march over the A.W. Willis bridge, cross the I-40 Hernando DeSoto bridge and block the westbound lane of traffic.
The protesters said the march would be a "massive call to action for police reform and an end to police brutality."No protesters showed up to the park.
Memphis Police Department said as of Sunday, no permit request had been filed for the protest. Like many, Paul Garner, who works for Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, wants to know more about the person(s) behind the protest that did not happen.
"We reached out to a lot of community partners and organizers with various groups around the city and I can't find anybody who's affiliated with them," Garner said.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong called Monday's protest a hoax, but says his officers were on scene to ensure safety for everyone.
"We're going to make sure that our city is safe. If it means additional resources, if it means bringing in additional manpower, then we're going to do that," Armstrong explained.
According to the news release sent by "The Black Revolutionary Organization," the group started in the fall of 2014.
"I would like to sit down with the organizers to see where they're at and see how we can help," Garner added.