Team coverage: 'White Lives Matter' rally in Shelbyville, Murfreesboro Saturday

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On Saturday, the League of the South and other white supremacist groups rallied in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The quiet middle Tennessee town prepared for the rally days in advance, calling on officers from neighboring cities and counties to assist.

Hours before the 9 a.m. rally was slated to begin, officers prayed in a sea of police cruisers for peace and safety.

Counter-protesters arrived in Shelbyville with signs and flags in hand around 8 a.m.

They were directed to a security checkpoint on the East side of the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Lane Parkway.

Shortly after 9 a.m., white nationalists marched to their security checkpoint on the West side of the same intersection.

At their respective checkpoints, officers screened rally attendees for prohibited items including firearms, knives, chemical weapons, even sticks supporting posters weren't allowed beyond the checkpoint.

Once each side was within their assigned barriers, police officers divided the crowd by standing in the middle of the street.

After nearly two hours of back and forth, both protesters and counter protesters left the intersection peacefully at 12 p.m.


Our sister station WZTV is also covering the event. Go here for their coverage.

This timeline will be updated at the top as new details come in.

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Watch our SkyCam footage here.

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The Tennessee chapter of the NAACP sent an email saying the group will not take part in counterprotesting these rallies. Read the full statement:

Related | Shelbyville businesses prepare for white nationalist rally this Saturday

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Allison Levine reports from Shelbyville Saturday morning as law enforcement officers prepare for the White Lives Matter rally.

  1. The League of the South organized the rally. Their leader Michael Hill issued this statement to members attending the event:
  2. Obey all authorities charged with keeping public order. If you believe an order or command of a public official violates your right to free speech, assembly, or some other matter, report this to our League leaders and we will in turn report to our attorneys on the scene.
  3. Obey all applicable laws and statutes regarding the possession and bearing of firearms and other weapons, clothing, and other accoutrements and accessories.
  4. Be respectful of all public and private property.
  5. Do not verbally incite illegal behavior.
  6. Engage in violence, and at the proper level, only in defense of your own person, that of your compatriots, and your property. Stand your ground, speak your mind, and proclaim your message, but do not initiate physical contact with anyone who opposes you.
  7. Be honorable in all your dealings.

Saturday afternoon, the City Manager of Shelbyville, TN issued the following statement after the rally:

Earlier today the scheduled sidewalk rally took place in our great community with both protestors and counter-protestors exercising their first amendment rights of freedom of speech and assembly. City administration, law enforcement, fire, emergency personnel, and public works along with other responding agencies had planned extensively in preparation for this rally.

The positive outcome of this rally is a product of that extensive planning along with the ability to keep the groups separated. The safety measures that were put into place along with the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws ensured that this rally was not one of violence. Our law enforcement personnel, fire, and emergency responding agencies responded with professionalism and confidence. They enforced laws as needed all the while protecting the public and property. They should be commended for their service and dedication to the community. We are proud of our community and those who helped protect it.

The City would like to express appreciation for the patience and support shown by our great citizens of Shelbyville and all responding agencies who assisted in efforts to provide public safety.

Senator Lamar Alexander also issued the following statement in response to the rallies Saturday in Tennessee:

“While the Constitution gives everyone the right to assemble, the Constitution makes it absolutely clear that we are all Americans without regard to race. The views of the white nationalists, Nazis, white supremacists and the Klan are wrong, they are un-American, they are not welcome, and we need to be loud and clear about that.”

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From our FOX affiliate FOX 17 in Nashville: BREAKING: According to League of the South PR Chief, #Murfreesboro rally cancelled.8:52 PM

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