California KKK rally turns violent (video)

February 29, 2016
The lone suspect on the loose

The lone suspect on the loose

Two Ku Klux Klan members were stomped on the ground and three counter protesters were stabbed as violence erupted at an Anaheim KKK rally before the event even started.

On Saturday, a KKK group planned to hold a walking protest at Pearson Park in Anaheim, according to the city’s police department. When six KKK members arrived at the park, about 30 counter protesters were waiting to confront them.

Violence broke out almost immediately after KKK members exited their vehicle. The violence started at approximately 12:10 p.m., about one hour and 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the protest.

Video footage shows counter protesters punching and kicking KKK members and attacking them with wooden planks. KKK members fought back with knives and the pointed tip of a flagpole that was holding the American flag.

During the fighting, a person drove off in the KKK vehicle, leaving some of the Klan members behind.

Anaheim police were aware in advance of both the planned KKK protest and the counter protest. Some officers were on scene when the violence began, according to a police department news release. Additional officers arrived with one minute and 36 seconds of the first report of violence.

All three of the stabbing victims are currently in stable condition. One of the stomping victims went to the hospital in stable condition, and the other suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.

Officers arrested five KKK members — four males and one female — for involvement in the stabbings. They were charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Police arrested seven counter protesters six males and one female — on the charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.

After detectives reviewed photos, videos and witness statements, police released five of the suspects, saying they acted in self defense.

The police department says all of the main participants in the incident were arrested, with the exception of one. Officers are still searching for him.

Only one the suspects police arrested is a resident of Anaheim. Police say the others came from other cities and counties in order to insert themselves in the situation.

Following the incident, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada released a statement saying even unpopular groups are entitled to free speech and freedom of assembly.

“Even if the vast majority of our community disagrees with a particular group who visits our city we cannot stop them from lawfully gathering to express their opinions,” Quezada said. “Violence is not acceptable and we will arrest anybody who assaults another person or commits any other crime in our city.”

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Wait now, doesn’t the KKK have the right to a peaceful demonstration against anything they don’t like? Where’s all the BLANK lives matter crowd?

While I have a particular disgust for their ideals and beliefs (and now their poor judgment) I do believe they have that right to protest.

When they hold rallies and we protest them we expect protection, don’t we? Nice video by the way.

Why even bother with these folks? I was shared taught just to ignore people like this. They don’t reason. They don’t debate. They just are.

Will Rubio blame this on Trump?

I do not understand the beliefs of the KKK and certainly don’t understand the violence and hate that others exhibit too. Maybe there should be a foot access only zone, miles into the desert of Nevada, where people can freely hate each other at their own expense? Just hit me, unlike the Middle East.

Despite the fact that very few people share this group’s disgusting ideals, they still have a right to assemble peaceably and parade around.

Very unfortunate that we can’t all “live-and-let-live”.

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here on Saturday, which is the way they wants it; well, they gets it.


Cool Hand Luke

Civil War intro…

I HATE Illinois Nazis…..California Klansmen too.

Props to that punk rock dude for punching that c—sucker. Those stupid KKK guys are REALY REALLY REALLY lucky they didn’t end up in a body bag!

Stupid MF’ers all around, especially the KKK fools. Anyone see the irony in the KKK guys taking protection from the black folk by the black police officers? Keep that crap in Alabama.