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MPD director on KKK rally: 'I was ready for this to be over 30 days ago'

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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis police director revealed plans to keep the Bluff City safe during the Ku Klux Klan rally scheduled to be held downtown Saturday.

Director Toney Armstrong says high-ranking African-American city officials received threats over th rally, though he is the only one named.

Despite the threats, Armstrong says he is not concerned about his safety but he believes MPD has formulated a detailed, comprehensive plan for downtown Memphis this weekend that will keep everyone safe.

During a news conference Thursday, Armstrong repeatedly described this situation as a "powder keg" with the potential to blow at a moment's notice.

In addition to 80 to 100 KKK members, he expects several of the city's gangs to have a presence as well as other anti-KKK groups.

He says MPD is getting help from the sheriff's office and almost every other local municipal police department.

Director Armstrong says they are ready for anything and he is ready for it to be over with.

"I was ready for this to be over with 30 days ago. So, but again, it's here. We're hours away. We're ready. I think we're more than ready for it," he said.

Armstrong shared the road closure and logistical plans with news station managers but asked that those plans not be released until Friday for safety reasons.

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