KKK threatens ‘lethal force’ in Ferguson; MSNBC gets heat for giving group air time

As a Grand Jury decision approaches on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Mike Brown, the KKK has jumped in the fray with promises of “lethal force.”

A Missouri-based chapter of the Klu Klux Klan circulated fliers that state the protesters have “awakened a sleeping giant.”

“You have been warned by the Klu Klux Klan! There will be consequences for your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.,” the fliers read ominously.

MSNBC’s “All In” host Chris Hayes interviewed Frank Ancona, the president of the Missouri chapter, to discuss his reasons for distributing the paraphernalia.

Hayes asked Ancona about the hypocrisy of his strategy of fighting violence with violence.

“It’s addressing the people who are making these terroristic threats and letting them know that the people of Missouri have rights too. There are remedies under the law. The flier, if you read it, it says ‘defend’, it talks about defense,” Ancona said. “In order to defend yourself, that means you’re being attacked.”

Hayes came under fire from viewers who didn’t like the fact that he gave air time to the leader of the hate group and he defended himself in another video after the show ended, according to the Huffington Post.

“I still think it was the right call, in fact I may even feel that more strongly than I did last night. That said, I 100 percent understand why some people don’t see it that way,” Hayes said. “We debated and wrestled with whether or not to do it and weighed the pros and cons and ultimately decided there was real news/journalistic value in putting him on.”

“We wouldn’t have booked him to give us his take or weigh in on what’s going in Ferguson or some other story. We interviewed him because he was actually the person distributing those fliers,” Hayes continued in the follow up video.

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