CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – City of Crossville Police Department says they assisted the Tennessee State Park Rangers at Cumberland Mountain State Park Saturday, as approximately 50 members of a “white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazi,” group met at the park throughout the day.
According to CPD, approximately 50 additional people were also present actively protesting the presence of those attending that meeting. Protesters and meeting attendees maintained a peaceful visit to the area with law enforcement maintaining a presence, observing for any violent activity, in the interest of public safety.
The Crossville Police Department says it learned Friday morning a group it says is “white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazi” may be planning to meet in the area over the weekend. Additionally, another group it describes as a “militant political movement of autonomous, self-styled anti-fascist group” may arrived to protest, though no protest has been scheduled that they are aware of.
The police department, as well as the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol are coordinating efforts to peacefully protect the rights of both groups, as well as citizens.
They ask anyone who attends a scheduled or non-scheduled event to remain peaceful and respectful. If anyone spots any violence, they are asked to call 911 immediately. Public streets, sidewalks and property should not be rendered impassable at anytime, the police department says.