City of Murfreesboro releases extensive list of items not allowed at Saturday rally
Friday, October 27, 2017 9:45 am
"For safety reasons, backpacks, purses and other bags will not be allowed into the rally Saturday in downtown Murfreesboro," said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Murfreesboro Interim Police Chief Michael Bowen.
"To ensure everyone's safety, many items will be prohibited from the area," Fitzhugh and Bowen said in a joint statement. "We will require everyone to comply with the restrictions. We are committed to taking precautions to keep the area secure."
No person, other than authorized law enforcement and public safety personnel, will be allowed to have any weapons or items capable of being used as weapons within a one-block radius of Public Square. Law enforcement will be using hand-held magnetometers (metal detectors) to screen everyone wanting to enter this area. Any person attempting to enter this area with a prohibited item will be turned away and required to discard the item or store it in a vehicle before being rescreened.
People are asked to review the prohibited items ahead of time.
No animals will be permitted except for working service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Acts. Law enforcement officers may remove the service animal if determined to be a significant risk to the safety of others.
Organizers of the League's event will be allowed to bring one electronic sound-amplification device and related equipment. No other electronic sound equipment will be permitted.
Signs, banners and flags will be permitted but without the use of handles, poles, rods, rope or any other similar item to eliminate the potential for using such items as weapons.
Individuals with mobility disabilities will be permitted to use manually-powered wheelchairs and other manually-powered mobility aids such as walkers, crutches and canes unless law enforcement determines the presence of the device presents a significant and unreasonable risk to the safety of others.
Individuals with motorized wheelchairs may be allowed after law enforcement officers inspect the wheelchair and determine it does not present a significant and unreasonable risk to the safety of others.
No automobiles, trucks, motorcycles or other motorized vehicles will be allowed within the restricted area except law enforcement and other public safety vehicles.
Vehicles parked within the downtown area after 3 a.m. Saturday will be towed at the owner's expense. In addition, no vehicles may be parked between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday on the following streets:
Vehicles parked on any of these streets between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be towed at the owner's expense.
For safety reasons, officers will close the downtown Square to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic at 3 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Counter demonstrators will be permitted to enter Public Square via South Church Street and South Maple Street only. Officers will search everyone in the vicinity of the rally site.
People have been asking, is WGNS going to give live coverage of the Saturday (10/28/2017) event? Our news department is set-up around the downtown area and ready to give coverage, should problems arise. However, with the well thought-out plans of law enforcement, we hopefully will not need to go "live" on the radio.
WGNS will break-in on our regular programming with "updates" throughout the event and still photos, videos and interviews will be included on our website.
WGNS will have massive pictorial coverage of the event on this website. Check www.WGNSradio.com. And if issues arise, tune to AM 1450, FM 100.5 and FM 101.9. Your Good Neighbor is prepared to be with you through another challenge.
FYI: The permit for the rally is 1:30 to 4:00 Saturday (10/28/2017) on the Murfreesboro public square. The League of the South is expected to be joined by affiliated groups. Other individuals and groups are expected as counter protestors.