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WATCH LIVE: Concerns Over Racial Profiling Amid Protest At

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A news conference was held Tuesday to discuss reports of racial profiling during the Elvis Week candlelight vigil at Graceland Monday night.

Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris and Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway say they received reports some people were turned away from the vigil due to race, as a protest was happening near the Graceland grounds. 

Graceland released this statement just before the news conference: 

“Graceland is very appreciative of the tremendous efforts of law enforcement to maintain the peace, and that the annual Candlelight Vigil – an event permitted by the city of Memphis – was able to take place as scheduled.  Our main concern throughout all of this was the safety and security of all attendees: visitors from around the world, protesters and our employees.  We are grateful that everyone stayed safe throughout the evening.”

Memphis police said early Tuesday in a release:

“Regarding the denial to enter the permitted area for Graceland’s festivities, Graceland Security was present and either granted or denied access within the permitted area. MPD was present at the entry point to maintain the peace. “

We will have the latest on this story on Local 24 News.

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