- Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has issued an order to keep protesters away from the sites of last week’s shootings as well as funeral processions and funeral services.

A military recruiting station on Lee Highway and a Navy-Marine reserve center on Amnicola Highway were the targets of 24-year-old Muhammad Abdulazeez’s July 16 rampage. He fired shots into the recruiting station before driving to the reserve center where he killed four Marines and a sailor before police killed him.

The directive released by Berke on Thursday tells law enforcement to treat the two sites as protected memorial services. This gives them the same protection from protests given to funeral processions and funeral services.

State and federal laws require protesters to remain at a distance from those events.

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