Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A controversial group announced previously that a location in Mt. Juliet would be part of a global meetup this Saturday, February 6, 2016. However, the group’s founder announced this evening that the global meetups were cancelled. The original announcement of the public meetup, hosted by Return of Kings, a self-proclaimed men’s rights group, caught the attention of Mt. Juliet Police Sunday evening. In addition, the department has received multiple messages from many concerned residents regarding the activity, which is understandable given the rhetoric promoted by such group.
“This group promotes values that are against the values of our community, and I understand the public concern generated by their original announcement,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “We were aware of the group’s original planned activity, and we will continue to be watchful even though they have sent out communication cancelling their event.”
While it is not known why Mt. Juliet was selected as a location for the group. It is known that the announced location of Big Star Cigar Lounge is totally against the activity.
“The owner of Big Star Cigar Lounge reached out to the police department, with his own concerns, and met with Chief Hambrick,” stated Lt. Tyler Chandler. “This group completely goes against Mt. Juliet’s values, and they will not be popular in our community.”
Even though the meetup was cancelled, Mt. Juliet Police have plans to be in the area during the time the original meetup was scheduled to ensure public safety is a top priority.