- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on protests in Memphis by people associated with the Black Lives Matter movement (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Dozens of protesters associated with the Black Lives Matter movement who had been gathered in front of Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis are moving to another location south of the attraction.

Police say four people have been detained. Police have been directing traffic in temperatures higher than 90 degrees and trying to prevent people from blocking the street at one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S.

About 70 protesters shouted and carried signs, some of which read “Black Lives Matter” and “Memphis Poorest City.”

Community activist Joe Hunter said protesters chose Graceland because it’s a prominent tourist attraction that draws money into the city.

The protesters eventually split up into groups of 20 or fewer to comply with ordinances requiring permits for gatherings of more than 25 people.

Graceland officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.


1:20 p.m.

Memphis police say a small group of people associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have gathered outside Elvis Presley’s home, and two people have been detained for blocking the street.

Police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said about 30 protesters are at Graceland. She didn’t know if the two who were detained Tuesday afternoon were arrested or charged.

Rudolph says police are monitoring the situation. No road closures were immediately reported.

Graceland was turned into a museum after the Aug. 16, 1977, death of the rock ‘n’ roll icon. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the U.S.

The protest comes the day after a meeting between Memphis officials and movement leaders following a protest Sunday that blocked Interstate 40. Protests have been growing around the country over the recent deaths of two black men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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