A Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim, CA ended in bloodshed Saturday when three counter-protesters against the domestic terrorist group were stabbed, one of whom is in critical condition.
A small group representing a local chapter of the Klan had announced that they would be having a rally near Pearson Park in Anaheim at 1:30 PM, reportedly telling the cops that “White Lives Matter, too.”
By 11AM, several dozen protesters had showed up in advance to confront the group and ensure that their organization did not go unchecked. Receiving a full police escort, those representing the Klan were then escorted around the edge of the park. It is reported that they wore black with badges of the confederate flag draped over their garb.
Some time later, violence was inflicted upon counter-protesters who confronted the self-proclaimed Grand Dragon. Shortly after, a counter-protester dropped to the ground in an apparent stabbing. According to witnesses, Klan members used the edge of a flagpole as the weapon.
Two others – at least one of whom was a counter-protester – were also stabbed.
A city that has long been the home of racially charged episodes, the KKK at one point held 4 out of 5 governing seats on Anaheim’s city council. Nearly 300 Klansmen were reported to have lived within the City limits, patrolling the streets in full gear. Additionally, a Klan rally once attracted over 20,000 people to the City.
As first reported by the LA Times, Brian Levin, director of CSU San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was standing next to the protest when the altercation between Klansmen and counter-protesters began. During the chaos and amidst the stabbing, Levin actually pulled a Klansmen away from the violence, seemingly helping him avoid any physical injury.
“How do you feel that a Jewish guy just saved your life,” Levin reportedly asked the man.
“Thank you,” the man replied, according to Levin, who also noted that the police seemed completely unprepared to be dealing with a situation involving both a white supremacist group and vocal counter-protesters.