MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two state lawmakers say they have received reports of racial profiling during a Black Lives Matter protest at Graceland during the annual vigil commemorating Elvis Presley’s death.
Memphis police denied racial profiling Tuesday after Sen. Lee Harris and Rep. G.A. Hardaway relayed constituents’ concerns that African-Americans were denied entry to Monday’s candlelight vigil, where Presley’s fans visit his grave at his former home. Three protesters were arrested.
Officers armed with riot gear stood along barricades and blocked about 60 protesters from entering the permitted area where Presley’s fans gathered. Most of the protesters were black.
Officers allowed people who said they were going to the vigil pass through the phalanx. Most were white.
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Graceland officials said they appreciated police efforts to “maintain the peace.” Rain dampened the vigil and protest.