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Regarding yesterday’s incidents at the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park…

March 31, 2010
Regarding yesterday evening’s events in the vicinity of the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park, I would like to first add my thanks and compliments to Colonel Billy Garret and the West Precinct of the Memphis Police Department for their swift response and successful crowd control efforts.  The dangerous, isolated acts of a few individuals will not jeopardize the safety and security of those citizens who choose to visit the Zoo or who reside in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Chuck Brady and Director Larry Godwin have already communicated this morning, and they will continue to  refine and enhance their plan for handling large crowds at the Zoo in the future. Our plan is to avoid any further disruptions so that the Memphis Zoo remains a safe and fun destination for families throughout the Mid-South.
I have also instructed Director Godwin to report back on the comprehensive and collaborative security measures for all of our city’s many wonderful public assets and attractions. This is going to be a great summer in Memphis, and I am committed to making sure that every citizen, family, and child can enjoy what our city has to offer.
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