Memphis council wants no masks at KKK rally

10:01 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis City Council has given preliminary approval to changes in parade permits that would ban the wearing of masks.

The Commercial Appeal reported the change was proposed after the Ku Klux Klan requested a parade permit to protest an effort to rename three city parks.

The KKK wants to rally on March 30 in downtown Memphis. The council is considering renaming parks that memorialize the Confederacy from Civil War times.

Police Director Toney Armstrong said masks are a problem, but he is more concerned about concealed weapons.

Council member Shea Flinn said members must be careful to not curtail free expression.

The council appointed a committee Tuesday to review renaming Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park.

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