Police chief ready to keep peace at Klan rally

Associated Press • Mar 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis' police chief says his officers are ready to keep the peace at a planned rally by Ku Klux Klan members protesting the renaming of three Confederate parks.

Police Director Toney Armstrong said Saturday that estimates of the number of Klan members expected to protest has exceeded 100, but he was not certain how many would show up. Security was extremely heavy in a closed-off section of downtown.

Rain was forecast for the afternoon, when the protest was set to begin.

A North Carolina-based faction of the Klan received a protest permit after the City Council voted to change the names of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park. Forrest was a slave trader, Confederate cavalryman and member of the first version of the Klan.

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