White Supremacist Duke Appears in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The sheriff had deputies stand by while a former Ku Klux Klan leader held a news conference on the outskirts of Memphis to complain about a hotel that barred his white-rights conference.

A group of the deputies were about 50 yards away Thursday as they monitored an appearance by David Duke, founder of a group called the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said his department "had some people in a couple of locations just in case they were needed."

There were no incidents as Duke told reporters he's moved his conference to an undisclosed location.

A hotel in Olive Branch, Mississippi, refused this week to allow him to hold it there. Olive Branch officials also had arranged for extra law enforcement during Duke's conference.

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