Police will prohibit firearms and any other weapons at a rally that's expected to pit white supremacists against counter-demonstrators on the site of a Fort Sanders monument honoring Confederate soldiers Saturday, city officials said.
All participants will be screened with a metal detector for weapons and other prohibited items "in compliance with state law" before they're allowed to enter one of the established demonstration zones, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero's office announced Wednesday.
"Our officers will be there to maintain order and ensure that everybody is free to speak their piece," Rogero said. "These are volatile times, and I strongly urge everyone to refrain from antagonism. We can have these discussions as a community without resorting to angry rhetoric or violence."
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